“Masks” are a fundamental design in vintage Mexican jewelry, especially the ones from the so-called “archaeological” period of the Deco years. Carved out of stone or made of molded glass, wrought in silver en repoussage or in overlay, they came to be associated with Mexico and its 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Yet there are “masks” and then, there are “MASKS”! The brooch at hand, signed by a listed but still unidentified maestro, develops around one of the latter. Beautifully and crisply carved out of deep purple amethyst, it is nested in a monumental setting that affords it a spectacular repousse headdress and collar necklace with teardrop amethyst dangles. I don’t know if one could go further overboard – I will just let the photos say the rest…
Size/Weight: 4 3/4″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 49.0 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “J.P.” as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with imposing presence, great repoussage, stones that are deeply colored with gorgeous inclusions, an amazing carved “mask” and the patina you want to see in a well-loved, well cared-for piece of jewelry; no damage and no repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!