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Salvador Teran Mexican silver modernist Earrings ~ moon and star

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An iconic design for Salvador Teran, the “moon and star” looks as if it floated out of our childhood dreams, out of that world where there are no sharp edges and everything has a reassuring face. Yet it is also one of the most recognizable creations in Taxco’s modernist design index. I love the cartoonish cut-outs, the darkness of the nocturnal sky, the way the moon curves over the little star as if to tuck it in for the night…   Size / Weight: 1  1/4″ by 1″; 19.2 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: badly stamped maker’s initials, “925 MEXICO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, no damage or repairs noted and one of the sweetest modernist designs ever Inv.#15141   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Salvador Teran Mexican silver abstract bird Earrings

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Probably my favorite among the Taxco modernists, Salvador Teran has that magic touch which allows him to draw a perfectly “readable” picture with the least amount of strokes. His work is inspired and his ability to deal with different materials and always create wearable pieces of art is simply unbelievable. In this set of abstract earrings my eyes see the figures of two birds. They are so abstract, as if made of air and movement, but I look at them and I can almost hear them fluttering above my head…   Size / Weight: 1 1/2″ by 7/8″; 11.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature in script as shown as well as Eagle 36 on the other earring (not shown here but guaranteed to be there); 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, the amazing design and highest quality of craftsmanship Salvador jewelry is known for,...

Salvador Teran Mexican silver biomorphic Earrings

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Biomorphic sterling silver appliques on a highly oxidized “puffy” background take center-stage in this modernist Mexican set of Salvador Teran earrings. I grew up close to the sea so to my eyes, it’s little crabs catching a bit of sun on mossy beach pebbles that are pictured here but your mind’s eye might see something entirely different. Precious like all Salvador jewelry, beautifully made, not entirely identical as is the case with hand-wrought pieces of wearable art. Bottom-line? Irresistible…   Size / Weight: approx. 1″ by 3/4″; 14.4 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “STERLING MEXICO”, des. no 162 and Eagle 56 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, their oxidation in very good shape and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15142 ON HOLD – please...

Salvador Teran mid-century mod Mexican brass and tile mosaic Ashtray

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A man of many talents, Salvador Teran was not only one of the foremost modernist jewelry designers during Taxco’s heyday, he was also an amazing mosaicist. Using glazed tile tesserae usually set in brass frames he created colorful, mod coffee sets, ashtrays, bowls and serving trays as well as larger figural mosaics quite often inspired by Mexico’s rich history. These objects are so representative of their period, one can easily picture them displayed on Danish mod tables and credenzas that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s. As a committed non-smoker I prefer to see the large ashtray presented here more as a bowl for sweets and similar treats and I love the patina that now reflects the soft, earthy colors in the floral mosaic…   Size / Weight: 7  1/4″ in diameter; 2″ rise; at least 1  1/2″ deep Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with...

Salvador Teran Mexican silver surrealist portrait Pendant Necklace

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Salvador Teran is, in my opinion, the most inspired of the Taxco modernists. His work is complex and layered; his juxtaposition of deeply oxidized and shiny silver surfaces reminiscent of the chiaroscuro in earlier European paitings; his surrealist figures a priceless treasure when one finds them. Playfully articulated, the “portrait of a man” (I will call it) forming the pendant in the rare necklace at hand is the epitome of Teran’s design genius as is the hand-made chain alluding to pre-Colombian motifs…   Size/Weight: pendant is 3” long by 1  3/8” wide; chain is 22  3/4” long; 50.1 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: Teran’s name in script as well as “MEXICO STERLING” and des. no 136; no Eagle assay mark but I will say ca 1950 Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, fantastic design and execution, the oxidation in almost...