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early Taxco Deco Mexican 980 silver “mask” Pin Brooch

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Big Mexican Deco carved “mask” brooch, this is a piece wrought in high purity, .980 silver as is often the case with early Taxco jewelry. I love pieces from that period not only because of the fine alloy used to make them but also because they have the forceful presence that characterizes all works created in the beginnings of a movement. Yet it is also the specific maker that intrigues me. Sometimes this hallmark is attributed to Raphael Melendez but mistakenly so. I suspect that this maestro must have worked for Spratling, basing my hypothesis on the fact that up until the brooch presented here, all the jewelry by him I have had was based on Spratling designs. They were all in the “archeological” style, very well made and generous in proportions. This is the first example that breaks the rule – though the silver work framing the carved stone is indeed reminiscent of early...

Dominguez Mexican Deco 980 silver “joker” mask Pin Brooch

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Wrought in high purity, 980 silver which is quite often the case the older a piece of Mexican silver jewelry is, this repousse brooch with carved sodalite “mask” is an unusual, very interesting example. Though distinctly native in its characteristics, the “mask” is wearing a peculiar headdress very reminiscent of the “Joker” figure in European play-cards. Yet upon closer inspection, it is in fact a swan with open wings that wraps itself around the “face”, the bird’s long, slender neck following the contour of the stone carving so that its head can rest against the “mask’s” cheek. An intriguing melding of native and colonial in one of the most cryptic examples of Mexican Deco jewelry I have seen…   Size / Weight: 2  3/8″ tall by 1  7/8″ wide; 20.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s...

early Taxco 980 silver and copper Bracelet ~ stylized tulips

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Matching the bracelet that is also available here this early Taxco bracelet is wrought in high purity, 980 silver with accents of copper. Its links are stylized, elongated tulips, looking like the flower used to be in its earlier forms and they are interrupted by little round disks, each holding copper and silver dimpled dots on them. Fantastic patina and a quite unusual design combine in a bracelet that is easy to wear and a treat to look at…   Size / Weight: 6  7/8″ long (wearable; once clasped, it goes up to 7  1/8″) by just shy of 1″ wide; 30.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: “TAXCO 980”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage, with beautiful patina and in an unusual design, comfortable to wear, with no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14978 SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican 980 silver lotus pectoral Necklace ~ masterful Taxco repousse

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Vintage Gerardo Lopez spectacular pectoral necklace wrought in the maestro’s favorite 980 alloy, this is often referred to as the “lotus” design with subtle references to the Egyptian Revival of the Deco period. Superbly crafted, a necklace that wears like a dream and sweeps you away, and an ode to Lopez’s mastery of his art…   Size/Weight: approx. 17″ inner wearable length; pectoral part is 5  1/8″ wide with a drop of 4″;  width at the chain reaches 5/8″; 96.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully marked with Lopez’s name as well as “980 TAXCO” alongside Eagle 25 which, according to Bille Hougart, dates it in the 1948-1950 period Condition: excellent vintage with absolutely no flaws noted, fantastic patina and one of the best signatures of early Taxco design   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...