Valentin Vidaurreta is one of the “giants” in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. And even though to most his name does not resonate in the way Spratling’s or Aguilar’s or Antonio’s does, his incredible talent and sublime craftsmanship is behind many of the designs we know, admire and covet as creations of those “big names”. The hummingbird brooch at hand is just one of those examples. Influenced by Deco diktats but at the same time almost alive, the bird flexes its muscles and stretches its body on a downward dive – one can feel the concentration, the warmth of the flesh under the soft feathers, the tension under the skin. Admittedly, hummingbirds don’t usually perform dramatic dives like birds of prey do – it is just the feeling one gets from the brooch as it invites the touch, the running of one’s fingers along its lines…
Size / Weight: 2 5/8″ long by 1 7/8″ wide; 16.2 grams
Hallmarks / Date: “VALENTIN” and “TAXCO MEXICO, “940” alongside Eagle 9 assay mark; 1950s
Condition: excellent vintage with the quality and impeccable craftsmanship Valentin jewelry are known and sought after for, great patina and no damage or repairs noted except for the replaced fastening part of the pin on the back which was missing
SOLD – Thank you!