modernist Mexican silver and jasper “crouching man” hinged Bracelet – Teran design

on Nov 19, 2019 in archived

A very rare design to find in the form of a bracelet the “crouching man” was originally designed by Taxco’s foremost modernist, Salvador Teran, and in my opinion, it is one of the most successful re-interpetations of an ancient motif within the design vernacular of the 1950s-60s. The fact that it’s so difficult to find with Teran’s signature drives prices high up and makes examples by different makers sought after as well. The hinged bracelet I am presenting here is made by a Taxco maestro whose work I appreciate for its quality. I have had copies of Teran’s work by this silversmith in the past and I have to say that they come very close to the originals. So much so that quite often they are attributed to Teran himself, which is, of course, a mistake. Holding a polished green jasper close to his heart, our man seems quite intent at not letting go, the intensity of his commitment evident in his facial expression…


Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ – 7 1/4″ inner circumference (clasped); central station is 2 3/4″ tall by 1 5/8″ wide; wings’ width between 1 1/8″ and 5/8″; 77.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s logo “3m” as well as “TAXCO STERLING MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with a beautiful stone, great patina and its oxidation in good shape as well; no damage and no repairs noted – a very difficult bracelet to find, worthy of the best collection


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