VINTAGE MARGOT DE TAXCO MEXICAN STERLING SILVER FISH CLAMPER BRACELET
Design 5207 ~ Signed & Marked ~ Collector Quality
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DESCRIPTION: This is a RARE and STUPENDOUS sterling silver bracelet that was hand wrought in Taxco, Mexico, after 1948, by silver maestra, MARGOT van VOORHIES CARR (?-1985) of MARGOT de TAXCO. Margot moved to Mexico City with friends from San Francisco in 1937. She was introduced to Antonio Castillo by Antonio's sister, Maria. Antonio and Margot married while Antonio was still working for William Spratling's Las Delicias. Margot would design jewelry that Antonio would produce at night ~ these pieces sold so well that Antonio left William Spratling and Las Delicias and opened LOS CASTILLO with Margot and his brothers. Margot and Antonio divorced after about 10 years and Margot opened MARGOT DE TAXCO in 1948. "As the Stars are to the Night, So are Jewels to the Woman" was on her calling card ~ this statement represents Margot's dedication to designing classical and feminine art-to-wear jewelry that is elegantly timeless. Dr. Penny Morrill, well known author and one of the world's leading authorities on vintage Mexican silver, has authored newest "must have' collector's/art book, Margot Van Voorhies ~ The Art of Mexican Enamelwork ~ you may purchase this book online or at your favorite book store. Margot de Taxco jewelry is a wonderful investment and the value will only appreciate with time.
This magnificent bracelet is masterfully crafted in a classically elegant and sophisticated motif that has a wonderful art deco look. Margot consistently marked her jewelry with a design number and her all sterling pieces were numbered 5100 through 5790 ~ this bracelet is design #5207 ~ this is one of Margot's most sought after designs! This bracelet is a clamper style bracelet composed of two separate design elements that are spring hinged in the back (spring is nice and tight!) ~ if you pull the two front pieces apart and let go, the bracelet "clamps" shut! It is made in a playful fish motif that is exquisitely detailed ~ there are two koi fish jumping out of the water in opposing directions ~ the fish have rich purple amethyst cabochon eyes, silver bubbles escaping from their mouths, delineated fish scales and tail; and, the fish are accented with silver "waves", additional amethyst cabochons, and silver demi spheres. The silver has acquired a wonderful, soft patina that reflects the shadows created by the depth of the designs. Vintage MARGOT art-to-wear pieces are becoming harder to find on the market and are sought by serious vintage Taxco jewelry collectors worldwide ~ this is an authentic VINTAGE Margot de Taxco bracelet, not a new bracelet made from Margot's jewelry molds. This clamper bracelet is extremely well made and crafted in an artistic and timeless design that is extraordinary ~ it is heirloom, collector and museum quality ~ quite simply, THE VERY BEST!!!
SIZE: Inside circumference when closed is 6" but will fit larger (up to 7-1/4") due to hinged design, inside diameter is 2-1/4", width in front is 4", width in back is 1", and weight is 105.9 grams.
CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition ~ no dents or dings to the silverwork ~ no chips, cracks or damage to amethyst cabochons ~ minor surface scratches consistent with loving wear and age (and actually desirable on vintage pieces) ~ no damage noted ~ just about PERFECT used condition!
HALLMARKS: "MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5207 (design number), STERLING, MADE IN MEXICO, and the Eagle 16 assay mark". MARGOT VAN VOORHIES CARR/MARGOT DE TAXCO is shown on pages 205-207 of Bille Hougart's highly respected source book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks (2006 edition).
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