rare P Ochoa Mexican Deco silver repousse Bracelet ~ Quetzalcoatl with masquette

on Feb 2, 2019 in archived

We don’t know much about P. Ochoa – what we do know is that he was active during the years that Matilde Poulat was creating her jewelry, most probably a Mexico City maestro himself as well, especially since stylistically he too belongs in the design school associated with the country’s capital. His work does not come up very often – in fact, this is the second bracelet by him I have had over the years – but what I have seen by him is more often than not big, bold and beautiful. There is not one spot on the masquette bracelet I am presenting here that has not been worked – stippled, chased, hammered. The “jade” mask is surrounded by highly stylized plumage and scales while the two ends that come together at the clasp on the back of the bracelet are shaped as the mirrored faces of Quetzalcoatl, the divine feathered serpent of the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations…


Size/Weight: 6 1/2″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 2 1/8″ at center front and 3/4″ on either side of the clasp; 73.3 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “P.OCHOA” in early, raised letters as well as “925M”; 1920s-30s

Condition: excellent vintage, the profusely worked surfaces warmly glowing with patina, impressive in size and absolutely breath-taking; no damage and no repairs noted except for a tiny little opening in the silver work in one of the serpent head links that is quite often part-and-parcel of this specific technique


SOLD – Thank you!

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