Artists and intellectuals gathered in Mexico at the end of the Mexican Revolution with the goal of restoring prosperity and pride in Mexico. By the late 1920s-early 1930s, it was clear that a vibrant Mexican Renaissance was under way. These artists and intellectuals included such renowned luminaries as Diego Rivera, Fred Davis, Rene' d'Harnoncourt, and William Spratling.
The jewelry renaissance centralized in Taxco, whose history of mining and working silver goes back to Cortez and before. With the advent of artists such as William Spratling and Fred Davis opening shops and marketing their products, jewelry from Taxco became internationally famous for the quality of its design, workmanship, and high silver content. (The LEAST quality silver jewelry produced was sterling silver or .925 silver; much of the product was .940, .970, and .980, all of which has fewer alloys and is therefore much more difficult to work.)
Some of the finest Mexican artists began working in Spratling's taller and then went on to open their own workshops or design and produce jewelry under their own names. These people include Antonio Pineda, Antonio Castillo, Margot Castillo, Miguel Melendez and others.
Each shop had its own hallmarks that were modified frequently to prevent copying by others. Each piece of jewelry was stamped with the hallmark of the shop, the silver content, and the location of the shop.
Marcy Burns American Indian Arts makes a great effort to authenticate each piece of jewelry and extends a full written warranty for every object we sell. Please feel free to contact us to see additional works.
2 1/4" diameter at the narrowest point; each wave is about 1 7/16" wide at the widest point
Hallmarks: 970; Antonio Pineda crown; SILVER; HECHO EN MEXICO; Eagle 17; XX and 63
Excellent condition with normal scratching and wear as is expected of a bracelet this age
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Made by Mathilda Poulat
7 5/8" long x 1 3/4" wide
925 silver, amethyst, turquoise
3 7/16" wide x 4 1/16" long
970 silver (SPRATLING SILVER) and bronze
excellent condition with a few scratches, as is expected of a piece this age
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2 1/2" diameter
23" long including pendant
pendant itself is 3 1/2" long x 1 1/2" wide
silver and azurite/malachite
excellent condition with normal wear, as is expected of a necklace of this age
Hallmark is "Spratling de Mexico" with the Eagle 13. This hallmark was used from 1949-1951. (Hougart , Billie The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks [TBR Internaional, Third Edition, 2013], S-70, page 174).
Illustrated in William Spratling and the Mexican Renaissance by Penny Morrill, p. 242.
3-dimensional in the form of butterflies
970 silver and amethyst
1 3/8" long
hallmarked: Antonio Pineda (from Taxco, Mexico)
made out of 14k gold and tiger's eye
size 8 3/4
$6900. SALE (*Reduced from $8900.)
1 3/4" long x 1/2" wide
Antonio crown and eagle 17 hallmarks
silver and amethyst
2" long x 1 1/4" wide x 5/8" high
sterling silver (.925) with Goodspeed hallmarks
ex: private collection
pin/brooch: 2 3/8" wide at the widest point x 2 5/8" long at the longest point
chrysophase and 925 silver
Hallmarks: LEDESMA; PLATERIA CORTES; HECHO EN MEXICO; TAXCO; 925; 214 OR 914(??); EAGLE 3
$495. for the brooch (earrings have been sold)
in the form of a rose, 3 dimensional
3 1/4" long