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Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Necklace ~ rare reddish brown agate

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

One of Enrique Ledesma’s signature designs, the necklace at hand is a must-have for the collector because of the rare color agate used to complete the trapezoid links. Most frequently found with black onyx, obsidian and green stones (chrysocolla or chrysoprase) this is an ode to “less-is-more” necklace and to come upon an example with this rich, reddish brown agate is a real treat. Perfectly cut – after all, Ledesma was one of Taxco’s best lapidaries – the stone is cool and smooth to the touch, its rich inclusions and color variations pulling the gaze in its mesmerizing depths…   Size / Weight: 15 1/2″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 69.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “MEXICO TAXCO 925”, des. no F8 247 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic...

Chato Castillo for Ingrid’s Mexican silver fan Pendant Necklace

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The signatures of Chato Castillo and Ingrid’s combine on this exquisite Mexican Deco silver fan pendant necklace – neither is a a common occurrence and both are synonymous with imaginative design and high quality. Chato is reported to have been the driving adventurous force behind most of the Los Castillo innovations – the revival of ancient techniques, the experimentation with materials – while Ingrid’s still remains among the elusive early Taxco retailers. Monumental in its proportions, the pendant is inspired by motifs of the Spanish Colonial tradition, with heart cut-outs, floral overlay and beading. The chain I have paired it with matches those proportions perfectly and even though not Mexican and of a later period, it looks as if it was always meant to be part of the necklace…   Size / Weight: pendant is 3″ tall (without the bail) by...

early Taxco Deco Mexican 980 silver “mask” Pin Brooch

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Big Mexican Deco carved “mask” brooch, this is a piece wrought in high purity, .980 silver as is often the case with early Taxco jewelry. I love pieces from that period not only because of the fine alloy used to make them but also because they have the forceful presence that characterizes all works created in the beginnings of a movement. Yet it is also the specific maker that intrigues me. Sometimes this hallmark is attributed to Raphael Melendez but mistakenly so. I suspect that this maestro must have worked for Spratling, basing my hypothesis on the fact that up until the brooch presented here, all the jewelry by him I have had was based on Spratling designs. They were all in the “archeological” style, very well made and generous in proportions. This is the first example that breaks the rule – though the silver work framing the carved stone is indeed reminiscent of early...

Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Earrings

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Made in the 1950s-60s this set of modernist Enrique Ledesma earrings is circular in shape with oxidized “niello”-type backgrounds on which figural appliqués have been affixed. I read these birds as ducks but they might be pelicans (even though the motif is more frequent in Peruvian jewelry of the same period). Ledesma’s figurals have a child-like quality sometimes and I think we are looking at one of those cases here. The oxidation on the pair is in excellent shape (please excuse the reflections!) and the set such a treat to the eyes and easy to wear…   Size / Weight: just shy of 1″ in diameter; 13.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date:  fully signed with Ledesma’s signature alongside Eagle 3 and des. No 12; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, sweet in size and easy to wear, with great patina, their oxidation in very good shape and no damage or repairs noted...

Tono Piedra Negra Mexican silver figural Pin Brooch

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A “piedra negra” Mexican silver brooch by Tono, one of the best in the technique, this is a sweet, smaller in size example . Tono designed many pieces with / for Cecilia but one can find his work without the latter’s signature as well. Here there is a second set of initials, that of “AG”, one of those maestros about whom we don’t know much but whose name can often be seen on Cecilia/Tono jewelry. What I love about this little brooch is the open mouth of the figure – you can’t see it against the black background but the opening goes all the way through. Is this a cry of anguish? Is it surprise? I don’t seem able to make up my mind…   Size / Weight: 1  1/8” tall by 1  1/2 wide (at its widest);  12.6 grams; excellent condition with good patina; your price $80 Hallmarks / Date: signed as shown with both the technique’s name as well as the two maestros’ marks, and des. no...