Salvador Teran mid-century mod Mexican brass and tile mosaic Ashtray

on Jul 20, 2020 in archived

A man of many talents, Salvador Teran was not only one of the foremost modernist jewelry designers during Taxco’s heyday, he was also an amazing mosaicist. Using glazed tile tesserae usually set in brass frames he created colorful, mod coffee sets, ashtrays, bowls and serving trays as well as larger figural mosaics quite often inspired by Mexico’s rich history. These objects are so representative of their period, one can easily picture them displayed on Danish mod tables and credenzas that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s. As a committed non-smoker I prefer to see the large ashtray presented here more as a bowl for sweets and similar treats and I love the patina that now reflects the soft, earthy colors in the floral mosaic…


Size / Weight: 7  1/4″ in diameter; 2″ rise; at least 1  1/2″ deep

Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Teran’s name as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “HANDWROUGHT” and des. no 432; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with undisturbed patina, beautiful colors in the mosaic that is all there, with no damage and no repairs noted


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