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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...

A. Tobias Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ rare figural design

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One of the Mexico City maestros active in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Abraham Tobias was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and he created jewelry in the so-called Mexico City style repousse. Many of his pieces are based on Matl originals and admittedly the boldness and quality of his repoussage is very very close to, if not often en par with, Matilde’s own. Tobias excelled in the crafting of cuff bracelets as well – one can find them in various widths, usually boasting spectacular “Aztec Roses”. The example I am presenting here, however, is a figural one, quite rare, and generously wide as well. Is it a priest we are looking at, sitting cross-legged, a bead necklace around his neck, looking immersed in prayer? The sky is the limit of the imagination…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (including...

early Mexican Deco silver and jade masquette Pin Brooch ~ Matl style

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Meticulously worked, with every nook and cranny in the repoussage having acquired a patina that underscores the original oxidation applied by the artist, this Mexico City silver repousse brooch has all the bells and whistles of the style closely associated with Matilde Poulat’s early work. “Mask” jewelry are quite often ignored by the seasoned collector of vintage Mexican silver because “masks” were used in a lot of the cheaply and quickly made pieces that flooded the tourist market at the height of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Yet there is “mask jewelry” and then there is the kind of mask jewelry of which an example you see here. No comparison whatsoever and definitely worthy of the best and most aspiring collection…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ tall by 1 7/8″ wide; 33.4 grams Hallmarks / Date:...

rare P Ochoa Mexican Deco silver repousse Bracelet ~ Quetzalcoatl with masquette

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We don’t know much about P. Ochoa – what we do know is that he was active during the years that Matilde Poulat was creating her jewelry, most probably a Mexico City maestro himself as well, especially since stylistically he too belongs in the design school associated with the country’s capital. His work does not come up very often – in fact, this is the second bracelet by him I have had over the years – but what I have seen by him is more often than not big, bold and beautiful. There is not one spot on the masquette bracelet I am presenting here that has not been worked – stippled, chased, hammered. The “jade” mask is surrounded by highly stylized plumage and scales while the two ends that come together at the clasp on the back of the bracelet are shaped as the mirrored faces of Quetzalcoatl, the divine feathered serpent of the ancient...

Rivera Mexican silver Matl style jeweled Pin Brooch ~ Matilde Poulat palomas design

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Big and gorgeous Mexican Deco silver jeweled brooch signed by Rivera, a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s whose jewelry he masterfully re-created. Rivera’s level of workmanship, his choice of materials and his attention to detail is such that it elevated his jewelry to worthy alternatives to Matl’s original creations. Whether he worked for her or not is not sure but I have not seen a piece by him that was not inspired by or directly based on her designs. Here amazing patina has darkened the brooch’s recesses making the vivid blues, greens, purples and corals of the stones pop. The repousse doves are to die for and the dangles add a touch of playfulness to an already celebratory piece…   Size/Weight: 3  1/2″ tall (including the dangles) by 2  5/8″ wide; 26.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN...