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rare Bernice Goodspeed Mexican Deco silver Perfume Bottle

on May 2, 2020 in Mexican and Latin American

One of the few female contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know about, Bernice Goodspeed was also a writer, married to painter Carl Pappe. According to Bille Hougart (Little Book of Mexican Silver, p. 68), the couple ran their own shop in Taxco selling jewelry designed by Goodspeed and other maestros as well as her books and Pappe’s artwork. Not as prolific as some of her contemporaries, Bernice’s jewelry are well-made and at times quite interesting. Finding a perfume bottle with her signature is a rare occurrence and the one presented here, with its half-moon overlay against an oxidized background and the little splash of color the turquoise topping the dauber offers, is a collector’s dream come true…

 

Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ tall by 1 1/4″ wide; 14.8 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initial “B” surrounded by “TAXCO MEXICO” and “STERLING”; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with a visually pleasing, folky design, its oxidation in good shape, a sweet little turquoise cab and no damage or repairs noted nor any scent residue – I don’t think the bottle was ever used

Inv.#14897

 

Offered at $88.00

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