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Dominguez Mexican Deco silver jeweled Ring ~ Matl style

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A contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s maestro Dominguez worked in the same style the renowned maestra is known for and his jewelry offer a worthy alternative to Matl’s pieces whose prices have been steadily increasing over the last years. Held on an ornate raised oval platform, amethyst and turquoise cabs are nestled among “dimpled” dots and twist-rope wirework. The color of the stones, rich and saturated to begin with, is enhanced by the oxidized background and the warm patina of time. A veritable ode to the Mexico City style of jewelry making…   Size / Weight: sz 6 US (resizable by your jeweler); face is just shy of 1″ N-S and 3/4″ E-W; 3/8″ rise; 10.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “MEXICO 925”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with candy-like stones, rich in color and secure in their...

early Matl Matidle Poulat Mexican silver coral Bracelet ~ paloma

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Early and gorgeous Matilde Poulat sterling silver and coral bracelet in one of her iconic designs, the “paloma”. This is classic Matl with the bird rendered in textured repoussage, its wings open, ready to fly away. The dove is surrounded by coral cabochons both bezel- and channel-set while small pieces of branch coral adorn the links of the chain. I find the relative “minimalism” (speaking for Matl, of course) in the use of one stone only quite refreshing and soothing to the eye as opposed to the riot of colors in the versions with amethyst and turquoise as well…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 7/16″ and 7/8″; 38.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Matl’s signature in script as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “0.925”; 1930-1948 Condition: very good...

CEL Mexican Deco Matl style silver Pin Brooch ~ flower basket with turquoise and coral

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Just shy of 3″ long, this Mexican Deco silver brooch is an example of the Mexico City style in which Matilde Poulat excelled. It is signed by “CEL”, one of the best, in my opinion, “less celebrated” maestros who created jewelry in that same style, the pin proves that quality and attention to detail does not always require a “big” signature. Steeped in the country’s rich culture with obvious the influence of Spanish Colonial design, it represents a more “folky” rendition of the classic giardinetto motif popular in Europe since the end of the 17th c.. Here the “little garden” is represented by a basket brimming with turquoise flowers and topped by a festive bow, that too accented with turquoise and coral. Beading, scrolls, wire-work and an articulated lower part add playfulness and more color to an already exuberant...

Rivera Mexican silver and turquoise Pin / Brooch Pendant ~ Matl paloma design

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Post-1980 Rivera Mexican silver and turquoise combination pin / pendant in an iconic “Mexico City repousse” design that is also closely associated with Matilde Poulat, the “paloma”. Maestro Rivera was a contemporary of Matl’s and his work was exceptionally good with many of his jewelry based on Poulat’s designs. Since this is a much later piece, I would suggest that members of his family followed in his steps and took over the workshop. Lucky for us, the level of workmanship and quality of materials seems to have stayed the same and the result is right in front of our eyes…   Size/Weight: 1 3/4″ in diameter; 10.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO 925” and registration code “MR-38”; 1980s Condition: excellent vintage with very good workmanship and attention to detail,...

M. Velazquez Mexican Deco silver repousse Pin Brooch ~ man wearing flowers

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An accomplished member of the Mexico City school of repoussage, maestro M. Velazquez was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and many of his designs are actually based on Matl’s originals. The level of craftsmanship and the quality of his work have contributed to his becoming increasingly sought after by collectors, especially with the high prices Poulat’s creations realize. I love all his pieces but I have a particular affinity for his brooches and this one, I have never seen in the past. Interestingly enough the face reminds me of portrait appliques on Peruvian bracelets from the 1950s I have had in the past, especially because of the highly stylized flowers the man (in my eyes!) is wearing in his hair…   Size/Weight: 2  3/8″ wide by  1  5/8″ tall; 17.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as shown as well as “925” and...