Miguel Martinez for Rancho Alegre Mexican silver modernist Pendant Necklace

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“Happy” Miguel Martinez modernist silver pendant necklace that the maestro created for Rancho Alegre, this is a piece generous in proportions and reveals – at least to me! – another facet of its creator’s rich personality. I have written before that Martinez is one of those Taxco modernists that collectors should zoom into. His talent is unbelievable not only in creating perfectly finished jewelry but also in working with gems and developing for them the most amazing settings. In the pendant necklace at hand, he tries his hand in a style that is closer to Ledesma’s vernacular yet the creature’s smiling face is so different. Please note that the pendant can be taken off the chain so you can easily combine the latter with another of your treasures…   Size/Weight: 22″ long (for the chain); pendant is 2 5/8″ tall by 2...

modernist Mexican silver figural Pin Brooch in a Ledesma for Los Castillo design

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With a distinctly modernist twist to what seems to be a figure derived from Mexico’s pre-Colombian history, this vintage Taxco silver brooch is based on a design that can also be found with the Los Castillo signature. I believe that in fact, it was created for them by Enrique Ledesma during the time the latter worked in their taller. The example at hand is made by a different, listed yet still largely unknown to us, Taxco maestro. I am especially attracted to the intense, almost exaggerated facial features, the highly stylized rendition of the arms and the overall “otherworldliness” of the figure…   Size/Weight: 2  3/4″ long by 1  3/8″ wide; 13.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “CD” as shown as well as “STERLING TAXCO 925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with a silky, glowing patina, very nicely made,...

Erika HULT de CORRAL MEXICAN Silver RING mod RIC Taxco design with CHRYSOPRASE

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One of the few female Taxco designers – at least among the maestros that we know about – Erika Hult de Corral studied at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris and worked for both Ledesma and Sigi Pineda before opening her own workshop. The ring at hand is, I believe, an original Sigi creation probably from the time that de Corral was working in his taller. Its fluid, mod lines and the big chrysoprase stone centering it draw the eye immediately and hold it captive effortlessly…   Size/Weight: sz 6 (yet resizable); face is 1  1/8″ by 13/16″; 15.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: de Corral’s signature “Ric” in script as well as “”TAXCO SA”, STERLING”, des. no 805 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage in a very impressive design, beautiful, big stone and no flaws noted   SOLD –...