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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...

William Spratling Mexican silver “Tuliman” Necklace

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One of my favorite Spratling designs, I feel that the “Tuliman” necklace differs from most of his other designs in that it is based on a piece of folk art rather than inspired by ancient artifacts and motifs. He purportedly noticed the bird while sketching a ceramic pot for his friend’s Elizabeth Morrow’s book “Casa Manana”. There is something primordial, even “naive” about it (if I am allowed the use of the term here). I love the fact that the birds are almost mono-dimensional despite the fact that their bodies have been pushed outward from the open back; I like the puzzled look in their eyes, their stance as if ready to peck at something on the ground. And then there is the music of the cascabeles…   Size / Weight: 20  1/2″ long; birds station is 6  5/8″ long by 1  1/2″ wide (the height of the bird’s...

William Spratling Mexican Deco silver Earrings ~ lace moon design

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This pair of first period William Spratling Mexican silver earrings was reportedly referred to by him as “lace moon” and it is one of the sweetest sets he created, in my opinion. The repousse semi-sphere centering them glows with the warm patina of time as it sits nestled in the looping wirework. Nothing fussy, nothing excessive yet such a classy pair…   Size / Weight: 1  1/16″ by 3/4″ Hallmarks / Date: marked as shown with a combination of hallmarks dating the set in the 1940-44 period Condition: very good vintage with fantastic patina, no damage or repairs noted except for a light impression in one of the “moon” semi-spheres; not offensive as it escapes detection most of the times! Inv.#15199   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Rancho Alegre Mexican silver zodiac Charm Bracelet ~ figural abalone inlay

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Bearing the signature of Rancho Alegre whose founder, Pedro Perez, worked as shop manager for William Spratling, this vintage Mexican silver zodiac charm bracelet was crafted by a listed yet still unidentified maker. Known for its high quality jewelry commissioned from some of the best Taxco maestros, Rancho Alegre opened its doors to the public in 1956 and stayed in business until 1985. Though zodiac jewelry were a favorite sub-genre within the world of Mexican silver jewelry with examples made by renowned and less celebrated makers alike, this specific version with its figural abalone inlay is more difficult to find. Formed by two rows of cushion-shaped hollow links, it has beaded accents on the link connectors and its disk charms represent all twelve astrological signs…   Size/Weight: 7 3/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide (including the drop of the charms);...

Spratling design Jondell Mexican silver Necklace ~ double bamboo

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Based on a William Spratling original design, this “bamboo” necklace was made in Mexico for Jondell Enterprises Inc, a company founded in New York in 1978. Well-crafted and having good weight to it, its links are held together with sterling wire that makes the necklace very comfortable to wear and quite flexible so that it sits beautifully around the neck. One of the renowned Taxco maestro’s modernist creations, the “bamboo” necklace does not come up very often which makes Jondell’s contemporary version a worthwhile alternative…   Size/Weight: just shy of 16 3/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 117.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: “Jondell Ent Inc” as well as “MEXICO .925”; post-1978 Condition: excellent vintage with a soft, glowing patina, nice weight with careful finishing and no damage or repairs noted  ...