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masterful Doris Mexican Deco silver repousse floral Necklace

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One of the most interesting – and few – female figures of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commissioned work from the best Mexican maestros. Often signed “Corpus Artisans” alongside her own signature, Doris’s jewelry exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and finishing and inspired design. The floral necklace presented here illustrates, I believe, the previous statement in the most effective way. The repoussage is fleshy and bold yet doesn’t compromise the...

masterful early Mexican Deco silver repousse lilies Cuff Bracelet ~ a Taxco beauty

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One of Taxco’s most impressive and complex repousse designs, the lily motif of this superb Mexican Deco cuff bracelet is one of the most elusive and hence sought-after creations. Pieces in this design are some times found with the signature of Doris / Corpus Artisans or Miguel Melendez and I have sold examples by both in the past. Yet the cuff at hand bears the initials of a listed but still unidentified maestro – and it is spectacular not just in the beauty of its floral synthesis but also in its proportions…     Size/Weight: 7  3/8″ inner circumference (including the 7/8″ gap); width between 3  3/4″ at center front and 3/4″ at its narrowest; 77.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “F.D.” in a circle formed by “STERLING MEXICO” and des. no 1001; there is a small blob of silver very close to the...

fine Deco Doris Corpus Artisans Mexican silver Necklace ~ trumpet vine

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I am very excited to present here a Deco Mexican sterling silver necklace bearing the signature of Doris and Corpus Artisans. Difficult to find, extremely well crafted, with superb finishing and great design, Doris jewelry is on the rise and the necklace at hand is a fine example of their work. Exceptionally elegant, it has great detail and oxidation that accentuates the three-dimensional quality of the trumpet vine links and it sits gracefully around the neck. A rarity indeed…   Size/Weight: 15 1/2″ long (difficult to measure accurately but might even wear a tad longer; easily lengthened with a simple sterling extension) by just shy of 1″ wide; 51.7 grams. Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown; pre-1948 period Condition: excellent vintage with no flaws noted, patina to die for and incredibly chic   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

dramatic Doris Mexican silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ exquisite craftsmanship

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A true show-stopper and a rather rare piece bearing the signature of Doris, this cuff bracelet has the quality of those pieces that become heirlooms, bequeathed from mother to daughter for generations. An American from Dallas trained in woodworking, textile making and silversmithing, Doris opened her workshop in Mexico in the mid-1940s and commissioned designs by the most accomplished silversmiths. The cuff at hand is a celebration of its maker’s prowess in the art of repoussage and classic in its floral design for Doris…   Size/Weight: 6 1/4″ (including the 15/16″ gap; not adjustable unless you have a jeweler do it for you); width between 2 3/8″ at center front and 3/8″ at its narrowest, in the back; 63.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: Doris’s name as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; mid-1940s Condition: excellent vintage with superb...

rare DORIS Deco MEXICAN Silver BRACELET CORPUS ARTISAN repousse CUFF

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A retailer in Cuernavaca, according to Bille Hougart, Doris probably commissioned work from several maestros yet jewelry bearing her signature does not surface very often. When it does, however, it is usually spectacular – like the cuff presented here. Co-signed “Corpus Artisans”, its repousse is immaculately executed, dramatic, perfectly finished and beautifully oxidized. I find the combination of fern, floral and stylized fleur-de-lis motifs quite successful and cannot get over the patina the bracelet has developed over time. Museum quality and one of the best cuffs I have seen lately…   Size/Weight: inner circumference of 6 3/8″ (including the 1 3/8″ gap; perfect for smaller to medium wrists and not adjustable); width between 2  3/16″ at center front and 7/8″ at its narrowest); 53.1 grams Hallmarks/Date: “DORIS SILVER”...