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MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1930-1960
The Wearable Art Movement

FORM & FUNCTION
American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

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We are always looking for fine quality art enamels by Doris Hall, Kalmin Kubinyi, Karl Drerup, Ruth Raemisch, and others. Please email: mschonmodern@gmail.com

Doris Hall (1907 - 2000) graduated from the Cleveland Institute in 1929 and during the 1940s opened a gallery and studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Kalman Kubinyi later opened a studio/gallery in downtown Boston and lastly, a studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Hall exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art annual May Show throughout the 1930s.  She also exhibited at the Walker Art Center in 1948. She originated the idea of making enamel "paintings" by treating her copper (or silver) as a canvas and drawing in a dried layer of opalescent crackle to produce an oxidized line. 

Pieces by Doris Hall are featured in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 on page 149.  More pictures of her work as well as biographical information can be found in Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson.

DORIS HALL ENAMEL ON COPPER BOWL

A vibrant enamel bowl Doris Hall; red-orange and grey with iridescent center design with blues, gold, greens, and reds; about 5-1/4" diameter x slightly less than 1" high; a little enamel loss on the edges and one spot on the bottom, otherwise fine condition; signed: "Doris Hall" on bottom.

$325.00 (item #SMDH001)

DORIS HALL ENAMELED DISH

Doris Hall enamel on copper dish; great colors of peach, gold, orange, and blue; about 5" diameter x 7/8" high; signed on bottom: "Doris Hall;" fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel.

SOLD (item #SMT005)

DORIS HALL ENAMELED DISH

Doris Hall enamel on copper dish; great confetti-like colors of pink, magenta, gold, turquoise, orange and more; about 5" diameter x 7/8" high; signed on bottom: "Doris Hall;" fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel.

250.00 (item #SMT006)

DORIS HALL ENAMEL DISHES

Two very charming, small enamel on copper dishes by Doris Hall with horse heads; each is about 3" diameter x 1/2" high; lighter colored dish is almost perfect with just a little roughness on the edge that could be original, darker dish has a one noticeable, small chip on the edge, but there is not crazing or cracks; each is signed "Doris Hall" (in script) on the bottom.

$225.00 (pair) (item #SMMT001)

PAIR OF GORHAM STERLING & VERMEIL SALT SPOONS

A pretty pair of Gorham sterling salt spoons; each is approximately 2-3/4" long; marked with Gorham hallmarks and "STERLING;" bowls are gold washed; each is monogrammed with a "D;" fine condition.

$85.00 (pair) (item #KARG001)

R. BLACKINGTON & CO. STERLING COMPACT

A lovely, "Jensenesque" sterling compact by R. Blackington & Co.; probably c. 1940s; about 2-3/4" diameter; very good condition overall with just light surface wear; hinges and mechanism for opening work well; mirror is oxidized; monogrammed on reverse: "MF"; marked: "STERLING, R, B (intersected by a sword), Co, 1475."

$225.00 (item #HPBC001)

Virgil Cantini was born in Italy in 1919 and came to the US in 1930. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he became a Professor in the Henry Frick Fine Arts Department. In Time Magazine’s 1953 Poll he was named as one of the "Hundred Leaders of Tomorrow." He received numerous awards and prizes for his enamel work, many in the form of large-scale enamel panels and sculptures. (information from The Design and Creation of Jewelry by Robert von Neumann.) Cantini's work is also shown in Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in American, 1930 - 1980.
This bracelet is pictured in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 on page 123.  It was exhibited in American Modernist Jewelry at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2008
WOODEN BOX WITH VIRGIL CANTINI ENAMEL PLAQUE TOP

A wooden card box with highly sculptural, 3-dimensional enameled top by Virgil Cantini; enamel is most likely on copper with a modernist, raised design in deep bronze and gold; box is approximately 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 1-3/4"; enamel plaque is set-in the box top and is about 3-3/4" x 5-5/8'; plaque is stamped: "CANTINI" in two places; box is missing its small hinges and shows a little wear; enamel is in fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMVC001)

FREDERICK WEINBERG STYLE BRONZE HORSE SCULPTURE

Free-standing, bronze horse sculpture in the style of Frederick Weinberg; about 7-1/4 long x 7" high; gold-plating gives it a wonderful, antique look; a great piece in fine condition; no marks.

$185.00  (item #HPBR001)

JAPANESE 1920S 950 STERLING SALT & PEPPERS

Japanese 950 sterling salt and peppers in the shape of pagodas with wonderful detail, c. 1920s; each is about 3" tall; marked: "950, STERLING;" one of the ball finials is slightly bent, otherwise fine condition with great patina.

$195.00 (item #SMT001)

MID 20TH CENTURY YSTAD METALL, SWEDEN, TULIP CANDLE HOLDER

Mid 20th century brass tulip candle holder by Ystad Metall, Sweden; about 4-1/2" high; marked on bottom: "The Ronst, MADE IN SWEDEN, YSTAD; bottom is scratched, otherwise fine condition with old dark patina.

$75.00 (item #SMBR001)

Julius O. Randahl was a Swedish silversmith who came to the United States in 1901.  He worked for Tiffany, Gorham and the Kalo Shop in Chicago.  In 1911, he opened his own business, The Randahl Shop in Park Ridge, Illinois, but moved to Chicago around 1915.  He was forced to close during World War I, but reopened in 1919. He sold his silver through Marshall Field's and Peacock's in Chicago.  (from Encyclopedia of American Jewelry Maunfacturers by Dorothy Rainwater)

RANDAHL HAND-WROUGHT STERLING LADLE

Beautiful, hand-wrought sterling small ladle by Randahl silversmiths, c. 1930s; very much a Georg Jensen-like design; about 6-1/2" long; marked: "RANDAHL, Hand Wrought, STERLING, 268;" some light surface wear and a couple of fine scratches in the bowl; otherwise fine condition.

$235.00 (item #SMR001)

ELA, DENMARK, STERLING & RED ENAMEL SALTS

Vivid red enamel over sterling salts by Ela, Denmark with a geometric floral design in the bowl; each is about 7/8" high x 2" diameter; marked: "ELA, DENMARK, 925S; fine condition with no chips, cracks, or enamel loss.

$95.00 (item #KARE001)  

Silversmith, George Jensen (1866-1935) founded his company in 1904 in Copenhagen.  Because of his astute business skills and excellent sense of design, he experienced success early-on and, by 1910, the year that he won a gold medal at the Brussels Expo, he was already exporting his jewelry to London and Paris.

His early work was in the skonvirke style, often in high relief with moonstones, lapis, amber, coral, garnet, etc.  The company continued after Jensen's death and produced jewelry in many different styles by some of the best Scandinavian designers. 

The name "Georg Jensen" in synonymous with quality and silver from every decade is highly collectible.

GEORG JENSEN STERLING ACORN PATTERN BOTTLE OPENER

Sterling, acorn pattern bottle opener by Georg Jensen, Denmark, about 4-1/2" long; opener part is stainless steal and is marked: "STAINLESS STEAL, GEORG  JENSEN, DENMARK" and the handle is marked "GEORG JENSEN" (in dotted oval) and "STERLING, DENMARK;" some very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$$195.00 (item #KARJ001)  

GEORG JENSEN STERLING ACORN PATTERN STERLING & RED ENAMEL SALTS WITH ORIGINAL SPOONS, DESIGNED BY JOHAN RHODE

Sterling and red enamel acorn-pattern salts by Georg Jensen, Denmark, with original sterling salt spoons, designed by Johan Rhode; each is about 2-3/8" wide (including the handle) x 9/16" high; each is marked: "GEORG JENSEN (in dotted oval), STERLING, DENMARK, 62, DESIGN" and "JR" (in dotted oval) for designer John Rhode; one is in fine condition and the other has two small spots on either side of the bowl where the enamel has been "dinged" (this could be repaired).

Charming salt spoons are each about 2-3/8" long and marked: "GEORG JENSEN (in dotted oval), STERLING, DENMARK;" fine condition.

$395.00 pair (item #KARJ002)  

GEORG JENSEN STERLING ACORN PATTERN SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS

Georg Jensen sterling acorn pattern salt and pepper shakers; each is about 1-3/4" high; each is marked: "GEORG JENSEN (in dotted oval), STERLING, DENMARK, 432B;" very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #KARJ003)  

SIX GEORG JENSEN STERLING ACORN PATTERN DEMITASSE SPOONS

Six Georg Jensen sterling acorn pattern demitasse spoons; each is about 3-7/8" long and is marked: "GEORG JENSEN (in dotted oval), STERLING, DENMARK, 432B;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #KARJ04)  

WIWEN NILSSON, SWEDEN, FOUR STERLING LIQUORS, c. 1963

Four beautiful sterling silver liquors by Wiwen Nilsson, Sweden; each is about 2-1/2" high x 2-1/4" diameter; each is marked: "Wiwen Nilsson (in script), AN," stamp for Oscarshamn, "N9" (for 1963), "STERLING, SWEDEN," triple crown stamp and "S" in a hexagon; some stubborn tarnish and some light surface ware, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMS010)  

RUSSIAN STERLING & GILT CHARKA, c. 1775, DURING THE REIGN OF CATHERINE THE GREAT

Beautiful sterling Russian charka with scroll work and gilt interior; made in Moscow in 1775 by silversmith Aleksei Afanasbev during the reign of Catherine the Great; marked with "A.A" (for silversmith Aleksei Afanasbev) and marks for alderman Fedor Petrov and assayer Andrei Andreev as well as the St. George and the Dragon stamp, and"1775;" please see the html page for mark photographs.; fine condition.

SOLD (item #KARR010)  

THREE 1890 RUSSIAN CHASED, STERLING KIDDUSH CUPS

Three chased, sterling Russian hand-wrought Kiddush cups, c. 1890; each is about 1-7/8" tall x 1-3/4" diameter (at the top) ; each is marked with an assayer's mark of "A.P, 1890, 84," Moscow stamp, and two other marks that I cannot distinguish; very light surface wear, fine condition.

$650.00 (set) (item #KARR011)  

RUSSIAN CHASED, STERLING KIDDUSH CUP OR BEAKER

A deeply chased, sterling silver Russian Kiddush cup or beaker; fairly heavy at 47 grams; fascinating design; no marks except for a couple of scratched-in marks on the bottom that I cannot decipher; light surface wear, but fine condition.

$295.00 (set) (item #KARR013)  

RUSSIAN STERLING & NIELLO-WORK CHARKA

Beautiful sterling Russian charka with niello work that I believe was made by  Aleksandr Vasilbev Domnin, St Petersburg, 1899-1908; about 1-3/8" high x 3" wide (including the handle); marked with maker's mark for Aleksandr Vasilbev Domnin, "84" and St. Petersburg stamp; fine condition.

SOLD (item #KARR012)  

KERR ART NOUVEAU STERLING MATCH SAFE

Beautiful, sterling Art Nouveau match safe; about 2-1/2" x 1-3/4"; never had a monogram; striking grooves on the bottom; marked with the Kerr fasces symbol mark, "STERLING, 2399;" a couple of very small indentations on the back, otherwise fine condition.

$295.00  (item #KARK001)  

 ENGRAVED ZIPPO LIGHTER

Great engraved silver Zippo lighter from the 1950s; beautiful hand engraving; engraved name appears to be "Bets;" lighter opens and closes tightly; fine condition; no apparent marks; approximately 2-1/8" x 1-3/4.

$125.00 (item #SMZ001)

BIRMINGHAM, ART DECO STERLING SILVER MUSTARD POT BY ADIE BROTHERS, LTD.

A great little sterling mustard pot with a cobalt blue glass liner, Birmingham, c. 1938, by Adie Brothers, Ltd.; about 2-1/2" (including the handle) x 2-1/4" tall x 1-1/4" ; marked with maker's mark for Adie Brothers, Ltd. (see photo on html page), anchor mark, lion passant, and "O" in a cartouche for 1938; also marked: "ROBINSON & CO., LTD., SINGAPORE & KUALA LAMPUR;" fine condition.

$195.00 (item #KARM001)  

TRAVELING INKWELL BY WILLIAM NEAL, LONDON, c. 1859

Sterling and crystal traveling inkwell by William Neal, London, c. 1859, with screw-down latch; about 1-1/2" square x 1-1/2" high; marked: "WN" (in an oval), lion passant, leopard head stamp, "d" (for 1859), and Queen Victoria stamp; one bottom corner of the crystal "box" has a small chip, otherwise very fine condition.

$550.00 (item #KARI001)

WALLACE STERLING TEA STRAINER

Sterling tea strainer, c. 1930s by R. Wallace & Sons; about 5" wide (at the handles) x 3/4" tall; marked with stamp that looks like a dear or lama, "R W & S, STERLING, 2749;" fine condition.

$175.00  (item #KARW001)  

Maggie Howe was an American who settled in Mexico in the mid 20th century. Her enamels "influence an entire generation of Mexican Enamelists."  She sold her work at bazaars and markets in Mexico. Her work is sought after by collectors, today for it's beauty and diversity.  See Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America, 1930-1980 by Jazzar and Nelson.

Photographs of her work are also found in Margot Van Voorhies, The Art of Mexican Enamelwork by Penny Morrill.

MAGGIE HOWE ENAMEL ON COPPER FISH PLATTER

Lustrous, enamel on copper small platter by Maggie Howe; beautiful, glowing colors of greenish-gold, and red-orange and black; about 10-1/4" long x 3-3/4" wide x 1" high; fine condition with just a bit of very light crazing--no cracks or chips; signed on bottom: "Maggie Howe, Mexico."

$250.00 (item #SME001)

MAGGIE HOWE ENAMEL ON COPPER BOWL WITH BUTTERFLY

Maggie Howe gold enamel on copper bowl with butterfly, midnight blue/black; diameter 6-3/8; marked: "Maggie Howe, Mexico;" faint circular  surface wear that is only slightly distracting; otherwise fine condition.

$245.00 (item #E020)

Migeul Pineda studied with Maggie Howe in Mexico.  He was first a painter before becoming an enamelist.  His work is done in a variety of styles and is widely enjoyed and collected.

From:  Margot Van Voorhies, The Art of Mexican Enamelwork by Penny Morrill.

MIGUEL PINEDA ENAMEL ON COPPER PLATE

Beautiful enamel on copper plate in blues and greens by Miguel Pineda; about 8-1/2" x 6-1/8" x 7/8" high; fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel; signed on reverse: "Miguel Pineda, Mexico."

$250.00 (item#SME004)

MIGUEL PINEDA ENAMEL PLAQUE

A vibrant enamel on copper by Miguel Pineda, picture of a colorful bird, nicely mounted on a wood plaque for hanging; enamel is about 3-7/8" square mounted to about 4-3/4" square x 1/4" thick; fine condition.

$185.00 (item #SMMP001)
MIGUEL PINEDA ENAMEL DISH

Miguel Pineda enamel on brass dish; lovely blue, blue-green, and purple colors; bird motif with a raised red eye; about 5-7/8" x 2-3/4"; fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel; signed on reverse: "Miguel Pineda, Mexico."

$155.00 (item #SMMP002)
LATE 19TH CENTURY, EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHINESE CLOISONNÉ VASE

A beautiful, vintage Chinese cloisonné vasemost likely late 19th or early 20th century; a deep oxblood ground with blues, greens, corals, pinks, and blacks; about 6-1/4" high, one very tiny interior inclusion where it must have been bumped, but there is no loss of enamel; otherwise fine condition.

$155.00 (item #SME001)

VINTAGE CHINESE CLOISONNÉ BOX

An exquisite example of Chinese cloisonné; lidded copper and brass box with a domed top decorated with dragons and the pearl of wisdom; probably c. early 20th c.; box is approximately 4-5/8" x 3-3/4" x 2-3/4" high; box is in very fine condition with only a few minute chips that are hardly visible on the outside and some minor wear on the inside of the lid. (Please see detailed pictures on the html page).

SOLD (item #SMCH001)

Edward Winter (1908-1976) is a very important figure in the history and art of enameling in the United States.  He studied at the Cleveland School of Art, graduating in 1931. Later he traveled to Vienna where he studied enameling and metalwork with Josef Hoffmann after which he became committed to enameling as his medium, executing designs in a modernist aesthetic.  Winter won numerous prizes for his beautiful and well-respected enamels and wrote several books on the subject of enameling. 

EDWARD WINTER ENAMEL BOWL

Enamel on Copper shallow bowl by Edward Winter; abstract design in deep turquoise blue and copper; about 4-1/4" diameter x 3/4" high; fine condition; signed on bottom: "WINTER."

SOLD (item #E017) 

EDWARD WINTER ENAMEL PLATE

Great abstract design enamel on copper plate by Edward Winter; about 4-3/4" diameter; marked "Winter" on the reverse; a little crazing of the glaze (appears original) and one small chip on the edge as well as wear and a few scratches on the counter-enameled bottom; otherwise fine condition.

For a great new article on enamels go to MODERN SILVER magazine: Some little-known (to me) Enamelists I'd like to know better! by Patrick Kapty.

$150.00 (item #SE001)

EDWARD WINTER ENAMEL BOWL

Enamel on Copper shallow bowl by Edward Winter; abstract design in black on blue with smatterings of orange bright coral and purple, reverse is two shades of blue; about 5-7/8" diameter x 1" high; some roughness around the edges, but no major chips, seems to have a bit of wear to the interior, but it is hard to tell if what I see is original to the enameling process; signed on bottom: "WINTER."

SOLD (item #E006)

Lilyan Bachrach is a remarkable, versatile enamellist whose oeuvre includes jewelry, wall pieces, plates, bowls, mezuzahs, and switch plates. Her work flows easily between beautiful floral and abstract designs; she is equally adept at both. She has been enameling for over fifty years, studying with the "greats" such as Kenneth Bates and Doris Hall.

Since 1970 her Bachrach Art Enamels have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States.  Her commission work has ranged from cloisonné pins to architectural panels and religious objects.

Lilyan Bachrach is also an author; her first, very successful book on enameling was titled Enameling with Professionals. She has just published a new, expanded edition of her first book titled, Contemporary Enameliing Art & Techniques that discusses the techniques and materials for using vitreous enamels and has "how I work" chapters by over 30 enamel artists who share their secrets of working with the techniques of cloisonné, plique--a- jour, champlevé, etc. There are photographs of the work of over 55 individual contemporary enamelists.

Bachrach is also one of the featured jewelers in my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement." Read Lilyan's biography at http://www.modernsilver.com/lilyanbachrach.htm

LILYAN BACHRACH ENAMEL PLATE

Enamel on Copper bowl by Lilyan Bachrach in soft pink, peach, blue, gold, and green; about 6-7/8" diameter; very good condition--one very tiny little nick on the inside; edge and reverse are perfect; signed "Bachrach" on reverse and label that reads, "BACHRACH ART ENAMELS, Worcester, Mass."

$275.00  (item #E008)

LILYAN BACHRACH ENAMEL ON COPPER BOWL

Exceptionally beautiful, bright mod design enamel on copper bowl by Lilyan Bachrach; approximately 7-1/8" diameter x 1-1/2" high; signed: "Bachrach" on bottom; shows some wear on the bottom showing that this may be a fairly early piece by Lilyan, but the enamel is in fine condition with no cracks or chips.

SOLD (item #E012)

Born in 1923, Joseph Trippetti who was trained as both an artist and silversmith, is best known for his work in enamels. He opened a studio in New Hampshire in 1951.  His work was inspired by medieval imagery he had seen in England while studying at  the Sheffiled School of Arts and Crafts in England. "Flattened, abstracted figures rendered in bold colors became recurring motifs in his work."  He later turned to cloisonné as his preferred method.  His work has won many prizes throughout his career and is part of the collections of the Wichita Center of the Arts; the Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

From Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America, 1930-1980 by Jazzar and Nelson.
 

 JOSEPH TRIPPETTI ENAMEL PAINTING ON METAL

Great, modernist enamel on metal painting by Joseph Trippetti, c. 1950s-60s; approximately 9" x 7", mounted on wood and framed to about 11-1/2 x 9-3/4"; signed in enamel: "TRIPPETTI" lower right; fine condition.

SOLD (item #MSE001)

JOSEPH TRIPPETTI ENAMEL PAINTING ON METAL

A masterpiece by Joseph Trippetti--fishing village scene in beautiful colors of enamels on metal; about 16" x 11-1/2", mounted on wood, but unframed, though wired on the back for mounting on the wall; signed in enamel: "TRIPPETTI" lower right; fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPM035)

SWEDISH STERLING CANDLESTICKS

Swedish sterling candlesticks; about 5" diameter x 4-3/4" high; marked: "PǺ 50 - ǺRSDAGEN, 19 13/6 58; 830S," maker's mark, "38", Swedish triple crown mark, and "S" (in a hexagon), some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition with a lovely, soft patina; bases are weighted.

$365.00 (item #HPS001)
STERLING & TURQUOISE GOLF CLUB DRINK STIRS

What fun to entertain your golfing friends with these vintage sterling silver and turquoise cocktail stirs! Each is about 6-1/2" long with good weight (over an ounce of silver in each club); some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #HP025)

MATTE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL ON BRASS WIDE MOUTH VASE

A wonderful matte cloisonné enamel container or vase with great modernist design and rich blue enameled interior; possibly Russian; about  4/1/2" x  4-1/8" diameter (at the top); some very minor crazing, but no chips or cracks to the enamel; incised on bottom: "K Ru."

SOLD (item#SME002)

MATTE ENAMEL ON COPPER CLOISONNÉ DISH

A very pretty small matte enamel dish; cloisonné work in copper on a brown ground with beautiful iridescent autumn colors under what appears to be a village scene with a church; probably German; slightly over 4-1/2" diameter x 5/8" high; marked on bottom with a monogram that appears to be S with a U; overall very fine condition with some very minute surface wear that actually adds to the patina.

$175.00 (item #HPM025)

ENAMEL ON COPPER DISH

Bright, textured, enamel on copper dish; bright abstract cityscape scene in blue, yellow, white and oranges with solid orange ground; 8-6/8" diameter; no marks; slight surface wear on back and one very tiny flake on the reverse edge; otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #E021)

JOE & PEARL GODFREY, ENAMEL ON COPPER BOWL

A beautiful mid 20th century enamel on copper shallow bowl by Joe and Pearle Godfrey, Hildebran, North Carolina; about 6-3/4" wide; marked: "handmade, Godfrey, Hildebran, N.C.; fine condition.

Joe and Pearl Godfrey owned a craft shop and studio in Hildebran, North Carolina during the 1940s - 1960s where they made handwrought copper items and sold crafts by other artists.  The Godfrey's were members of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild.

SOLD (item #E024) 

Franz W. Bergmann (1898-1977) started life in Austria where, after serving in World War II, he studied art at the National Academy of Art in Vienna.  By 1924, he was exhibiting in Vienna and Stockholm. By 1929, he was living in the United States--New York, Chicago and eventually and finally, San Francisco where he became a celebrated artist, exhibiting at the Golden Gate International Exhibition in 1939.  Bergmann also worked in jewelry, pottery and enamels.  An accident in 1952 that left him with two broken legs, led him to concentrate on enamels.  By 1959 he was considered on of the "leading enamel artists", exhibiting in the seminal exhibition, "Enamels" at the the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York.

Information taken directly from
"Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America, 1930 - 1980" by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson. See MODERN SILVER magazine review: http://www.modernsilver.com/june07/paintingwithfire.htm )
 

FRANZ BERGMANN ENAMEL BOWL, "BLUE CLOWN WITH MASK"

Wonderful enamel on copper dish by mid 20th century artist/craftsman Franz Bergmann titled "Blue Clown with Mask;" about 6-1/2" diameter, marked: F. Bérgmann, Blue Clown with Mask;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #E016)

Master enamellist Kenneth Bates (1904 - 1994), has been known as the "Dean of American Enameling" ever since he was described as such in a 1967 issue of Ceramics Monthly.  Bates taught for many years at the Cleveland School of Art and influenced a great number of artist/enamelists  through his work, his teaching, and his books.

In the introduction to his book, "Enameling Principles and Practice," Bates said that he felt a kind of "awesome enchantment" with enamels. "This feeling of ....enchantment continued for Bates throughout a career in enameling that spanned more than sixty years."

Bates knowledge of horticulture--his "understanding of nature and flowers--[that] informed the richly patterned, brilliantly colored enamels he produced throughout his life" is evidenced in his extraordinary floral themes."

Information taken directly from "Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America, 1930 - 1980" by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson.  See MODERN SILVER magazine review: http://www.modernsilver.com/june07/paintingwithfire.htm

KENNETH BATES ENAMEL TAZZA, C. 1961

It is rare to find enamels by Kenneth Bates who is known as the "Dean of American Enameling." This beautiful tazza was made in 1961 and is a testament to his love of nature and horticulture; approximately 7-3/4" diameter x 3-1/2" high; signed: "Kenneth F. Bates, '61;" fine condition with no chips or cracks.

SOLD (item #E015) 
ENAMEL ON COPPER PLATE BY HILARY

This artist has produced some of my favorite enamels--this is my third and I believe they are vintage mid 20th century, but I could be wrong since I've not been able to find any information; this one has a lovely, whimsical fish design in gold on a background of turquoise and sky-blue enamels; the plate is in very good condition with only one very tiny chip on the interior and a bit of wear on the inside lip and on the bottom; plate is about 4-3/4" diameter; marked : "HANDMADE BY HILARY" on the bottom.

For a great new article on enamels go to MODERN SILVER magazine: Some little-known (to me) Enamelists I'd like to know better! by Patrick Kapty.

SOLD (item #SE003)

Hana Geber was of Czechoslovakian heritage. She was born in 1910 and taught sculpture in New York City where she died in 1990.  She is included in the index of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and her letters, photographs, slides and diaries are part of the Archives of American Art.

RARE HANA GEBER STERLING SILVER ABSTRACT CANDLESTICKS

Rare and important solid sterling silver abstract candlesticks by American sculptor Hana Geber (1910 - 1990); each is about 9" tall and each weighs almost 2 pounds, base is approximately 3" diameter-- a screw hole in each of the bases suggests that the candlesticks were once mounted on a wooden base; each is inscribed: "Hana Geber, 925;" fine condition.


SOLD (item #ST020)

Mildred Ball was born October 6, 1902 in Harrison County, West Virginia.  She attended Columbia University and taught jewelry making at the Community Art Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Salem College.  She was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Association in Winston-Salem (now the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts) and a charter member of the Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., for ten years. She worked with various materials and techniques using enamel, ceramics, and sterling silver, creating jewelry and hollowware. She also created enamels depicting some of the buildings in Winston-Salem. (From my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement."

MILDRED LEE BALL ENAMEL ON COPPER BOWL

Enamel on Copper bowl by Mildred Ball; exceptionally beautiful colors of soft blue-green and gold on the outside and teal blue with lighter blue and mustard yellow on the inside; approximately 6-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" high; signed "Mildred Lee Ball" on bottom; very fine condition--edge is almost perfect; some very light wear on the interior of the bowl.

$395.00  (item #E007)

Francisco (Frank) Rebajes (1907-1990) was one of the first studio jewelers to open an actual shop in Greenwich Village. He came to New York from the Dominican Republic, arriving in New York with little over three hundred dollars.  His first pieces were hammered from tin cans and scrap metal. He rose from poverty to become a successful artist and business man with a beautiful shop on Fifth Avenue and a workshop with over a hundred artisans.  His work was included in many early exhibitions and he received a bronze medal for his work at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques in Paris in 1937 and a gold medal for his sculptures at the theater in the United States Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.  Later in life, he moved to Spain where he created mostly sculpture.

He is also featured in my books, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.  See also Uncle Frank, MODERN SILVER magazine, 2005

FRANK REBAJES COPPER CANDLESTICKS

A pair of copper candlesticks by Frank Rebajes, c. 1950s; each is about 2-3/4" high x 4" diameter; marked: "Rebajes" on bottom; some surface wear and oxidation to the metal, otherwise fine condition.

$425.00  (item #X643)

HAMMERED COPPER AND STERLING PERUVIAN VASE BY VICKY

Hammered copper bud vase with applied sterling pre-Columbian design; approximately 6-1/4" high; marked on bottom: "Vicky, MADE IN PERU, 925;" fine condition.

$135.00 item #PR030)
PERUVIAN STERLING PILL BOX

Charming, sterling Peruvian pill box with deep repoussé flower and leaf designs; about 1-3/4" x 1-1/8" x 3/4" deep; marked on bottom: "PERU, STERLING, PLAT, 925, AMANO" and Lama mark; probably an older piece--it came with a group of 19th and mid 20th century silver items; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$135.00 (item #KARP001)  

STERLING NAVAJO SPOON

Small handmade Navajo spoon; probably c. 1940s; about 3-3/4" long; marked with a Kachina doll-type figure and "STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$65.00 (item #N096)

Evald Nielsen was apprenticed to the Copenhagen goldsmith A.Fleron in 1893 to make flatware,but instead of working on flatware became a chaser and engraver. He was awarded a travel grant and in 1903 left his wife and family for the life of a journey man traveling first to Germany and then to Paris. During his travels jewellery design was taking on a new development.Although his later work was typical of the Danish Skonvirke style his early work was inspired by contemporary German jewellery.

Evald returned home in 1905 to start his own business, he was very successful and in 1907 he was able to buy a whole workshop. .Evald jewellery was selling so well all over Norway, Denmark, and Sweden that it was put on a par with Jensen and his collaboration with S.L.Jacobson gave him the exclusive rights to sell his work in Denmark.Norway, and Sweden.

Many silversmiths tried to copy Evald's style with stones almost bursting out of a silver,but no one could master his style. He was chosen master of the goldsmiths guild in 1918 which he held until 1948.

Evald Nielsen died in 1958. He always worked for himself and never worked for the company Georg Jensen.

information from www.modernsilver.com/mysterymarks2.htm

EVALD NIELSEN, DENMARK, STERLING SPOON

Beautiful, hand-wrought sterling spoon by Evald Nielsen, Denmark; approximately 5-5/8" long x 1-3/4" wide (at the bowl); this is approximately a soup spoon size, but can be used for many things; marked: "DENMARK, no 3, Evald Nielsen, STERLING SILVER; fine condition.

$155.00 (item#SMSP001)

NORWEGIAN KINGS CROSS SPOON

Pretty vintage Thomsen & Knudsen (Bergen, Norway) 40 Gram silverplate Kings Cross Pattern spoon with large flat bowl; about 5-1/4" long; bowl is 1-3/4" diameter; light surface wear; fine condition.

SOLD (item #S112)

J. Tostrup was founded in 1832 in Oslo, Norway. In the 19th Century they were known for their beautiful "champleve" and "plique a jour" enamels.

STERLING & ENAMEL SPOON BY TOSTRUP, NORWAY

Beautiful sterling wide-bowled spoon with gold wash by Tostrup, Norway with eight enameled scenes; wide bowl is about 2" diameter; total length of the spoon is about 5-3/4"; some enamel loss to three sections closest to the bowl--lion rampant, reindeer, and castle; much of the gold wash is gone giving the spoon a lovely soft patina; marked: "STERLING, J. TOSTRUP, NORWAY" and makers mark of a tankard and "JT."

$95.00 (item #SS001)

Porter Blanchard (1886 – 1973) was an American silversmith living and working in Pacoima, California in the United States. He is considered to be part of the Arts and Crafts Movement. His daughter, Alice, married Lewis Wise who conducted business as Porter Blanchard Silversmiths (Calabasas, California). After 1955, all of Porter Blanchard flatware was made at the Calabasas shop, while the holloware was made at his Pacoima home. Many of his papers including photographs of his shop are collected in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. His daughter, Becca, married Allan Adler, born 1916 of Los Angeles, who continued designing as a silversmith in that tradition.

information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_Blanchard

PORTER BLANCHARD HANDWROUGHT STERLING LARGE FORK

Great modern design handwrought sterling fork by Porter Blanchard; about 10-1/8" long; marked: "PORTER BLANCHARD HANDMADE STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$325.00 (item #ST101)

Goldsmith, David Andersen founded his company in 1876 in Oslo, Norway.  By 1888, due to the fine quality of the items produced, he was able to expand his workshop and retail outlets.  After his death in 1901, his son, Arthur Andersen introduced the very popular enamel lines so well-know to David-Andersen collectors.  Throughout the years, the David-Andersen company has produced beautiful, finely crafted in many styles through the brilliance of its excellent design staff.

DAVID-ANDERSEN, NORWAY, STERLING SPOON

Sterling wide-bowled spoon by David-Andersen, Norway; about 4-3/4" long; bowl is 1-3/4" x 1-1/8"; marked: "D-A, 830S," and scales stamp; a few light scratches, otherwise fine condition.

$95.00 (item #S113)

1950S GIM STERLING CANDLE HOLDERS

Great 1950s modern design Mexican sterling candle holders;  about 2-1/4" across 3/4" high; marked: "GIM, 0.925, HECHO EN MEXICO D.F., STERLING;" very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPC034)

When you own a piece by Hector Aguilar, you have a treasure. Mexican silver by Aguilar is always of the finest construction, materials, and design.  Aguilar's silver designs borrow heavily from pre-Columbian motifs--his style was bold, dramatic, and beautiful in it's simplicity.

Aguilar began his career as manager of William Spratling's Taller de Las Delicias in Taxco. In 1939, he left Spratling and established his own workshop, the Taller Borda which he ran until 1966. Aguilar died on September 19, 1985, the day of the earthquake that nearly destroyed Mexico City. 

His work has been featured in numerous books and in exhibits throughout the United States.  Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

 
 HECTOR AGUILAR COPPER & BRASS CANDELABRAS

Elegant pair of Hector Aguilar candelabras; copper with bras trim, c. 1940s; each is about 10" long x 8" high; marked with conjoined "HA, TAXCO, MEXICO;" fine condition, have not been polished so have a soft patina.

$1,750.00 (item #X645)

HECTOR AGUILAR COPPER & BRASS STAR LIGHT FIXTURE

Hector Aguilar copper and brass star light fixture, c. 1940s; approximately 16" long from base plate; great original, unpolished patina; fine condition.

$3,585.00 (item #X781)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING & ROSEWOOD SALT SPOONS

A wonderful set of what I believe are salt spoons by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s-60s; each one is about 4" long; marked: "TALLER BORDA, TAXCO, 940," Aguilar "HA" stamp and eagle stamp with number "9;" great patina and condition.

$425.00 (item #X768)

HECTOR AGUILAR, HUGE HAMMERED COPPER BOWL

Huge hammered copper scalloped bowl by Hector Aguilar; about 15-1/2" diameter x 5-1/4" high (at the highest point--middle of the scallop); wonderful old patina; one place where the edging has come loose and the bowl is slightly out-of-round; marked with conjoined "HA, TAXCO, MEXICO."

$1,450.00 (item #X640)

HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING LEAF BOWL

Beautiful Hector Aguilar 940 sterling leaf bowl, c. 1940s; approximately 4-1/4" x 4-3/8" x 1" high; marked with Hector Aguilar conjoined HA stamp, "TAXCO, 940;" nice patina, one tiny indentation in the bowl, and light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X718)

HECTOR AGUILAR LARGE 940 STERLING MEAT FORK

Large sterling-handled meat fork by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s; handle appears to be stainless steel; about  11-3/4" overall; marked" "940, HA (in circle), TAXCO;" very substantial piece, light surface wear, good patina, fine condition.

 SOLD (item #X719)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING CANDLE SNUFFER

Beautiful, large and heavy sterling candle snuffer by Hector Aguilar, c. 1950s; about 12-3/4" long; marked: "STERLING, HA (in circle), TAXC0," and eagle mark with number "9"; great patina, some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

 SOLD (item #X720)

HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING SPOON

Early sterling silver long spoon by Hector Aguilar (most likely c. 1940s), great patina; about 10-1/8" long; bowl is approximately 1-3/8" diameter and 1/2" deep; marked "940, TAXCO, HA;" some surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$525.00  (item #X721)

HECTOR AGUILAR LONG KNIFE WITH STERLING & WOOD HANDLE

Hector Aguilar long knife with sterling and wood handle, probably c. 1940s; blade appears to be steel; about 15-3/8" long (total length); handle is approximately 5" long x 1" wide x slightly over 12" thick; blade is marked: "MADE IN MEXICO, TAXCO, and HA (in circle); blade has some surface rust and discoloration, otherwise fine condition.

 $795.00 (item #X722)

Victoria was the name of the silver shop of Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti., founded in 1940. She worked in silver, copper, and mixed metals. Her designs are distinctive and beautifully created.  She designed a necklace for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who admired the piece so much that she had Ana copy it for her friends.

Victoria pieces are highly collectible.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

VICTORIA OF TAXCO COPPER & SILVER SET #482

A great copper and silver set by Victoria of Taxco, c. 1940s-50s--includes tray, coffee pot, creamer, and sugar;  round platter is about 14" diameter with sterling overlay design, some light surface scratches and one small crease that translates to a scratch on the bottom (please see large pictures on the html page); coffee pot is 8" high and has brass overlay decoration, but is sterling inside and is in great condition, inside and out with just a bit of light surface wear and no dents and a lovely wooden handle; creamer is about 5"high with sterling overlay and sterling interior with a wooden handle, in fine condition overall except for a scratch inside the lid (please see larger pictures on the html page); sugar is about 5" high with sterling decoration and interior and is in fine condition; all pieces are marked: "VICTORIA, MEXICO, TAXCO, COPPER, 482; " all pieces could be polished to look like new, but  I've left them as-is for the buyer to decide.

 SOLD (item #SMX016)

VICTORIA COPPER BOX WITH APPLIED STERLING FIGURES

Great vintage Victoria of Taxco copper box with applied sterling silver donkeys, figures and knobs; interior also appears to be silver--I have not polished it; wonderful old patina; about 4-3/16" x 5-1/4" x 7/8" deep; shows wear, but it is very charming! Marked on bottom: "262, VICTORIA, TAXCO, MEXICO."

SOLD (item #X648)

VICTORIA OF TAXCO, 1940S COPPER AND STERLING FOOTED BOWL

Vintage 1940s copper with sterling bowl by Victoria of Taxco (Ana Nunez Brilanti); approximately 6" diameter x 7/8" high; marked on bottom: "VICTORIA, TAXCO, MEXICO, COPPER, 482;" very nice old patina--a few tiny spots of stubborn oxidation, but overall great condition.

$225.00 (item #X785)

NINE HAND-WROUGHT COPPER DINNER PLATES BY VICTORIA OF TAXCO

Nine absolutely stunning hand-wrought copper dinner plates with incised lines by Victoria of Taxco, c. 1940s; each plate is approximately 11-1/2" in diameter and each is marked: "VICTORIA, TAXCO, MEXICO, COPPER, 600;"each plate has a bit of oxidation in places, but all are in overall fine condition.

SOLD  (item #SX002)

William Spratling (1900-1967) has been called by many 'a Renaissance Man.' Throughout Mexico he is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." Certainly the town of Taxco and its economy would be vastly different without the initiative and creativity of this man. He complemented its valuable historic past with a new vitality and spirit which recognized the importance of the indigenous culture. The artistic and economic foundation he established continues to flourish today."  (This is taken from a biography of William Spratling by Phyllis Goddard.  Please see the whole biography at http://www.spratlingsilver.com/spratling.htm)

Also read:  http://www.modernsilver.com/Williamspratlinghallmarks.htm

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

WILLIAM SPRATLING EARLY TIN TRAY

William Spratling large tin tray centered with a copper star, c. 1930s; about 17-7/8" x 14"; marked with "WS" TAXCO, MEXICO;" very oxidized and one point of the star is missing.

$1,220.00 (item #X756)

WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING & ROSEWOOD LADLE

William Spratling sterling ladle with rosewood handle; about 6-3/4" long with beautiful, hammered bowl; marked with Spratling's "WS" print mark, "

$550.00 (item #SMWS001)
WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING BOWL

Modernist sterling silver bowl by William Spratling, c mid 1950s, early 1960s; about 5-1/4" square x 2-1/4" high; marked with William Spratling's "WS" script mark and "925" surrounded by "WILLIAM SPRATLING, TAXCO, MEXICO," and eagle stamp with number "30;" some light scratches and stubborn tarnish as sell as one tiny dent on an edge, a small dent on the bottom by one of the feet and some very light curved indentations inside the bowl--probably made from the bowl of a spoon touching the silver; otherwise fine condition.

$1,225.00 (item #X741)

WILLIAM SPRATLING 980 STERLING BOWL

Wonderful early hand-wrought William Spratling 980 sterling shell bowl; the evidence of hammer marks makes this bowl especially beautiful as does the deep repoussé work; approximately 5-3/8" diameter x 1-7/8" high; marked with Spratling's 1940's WS stamp in a circle and "980;" exceptionally lovely patina; three balled feet have some slight indentations, otherwise fine condition.

$1,750.00 (item #X742)

WILLIAM SPRATLING LARGE HAMMERED SALAD FORK WITH WOODEN HANDLE

Large, early sterling salad fork, ca. 1940s, by William Spratling; almost 13" long; inside of fork has a beautifully hammered surface; piece is marked "SPRATLING, STERLING;" shows wear, there are some scratches on the inside of the fork, one small semicircular deep scratch (that does not go all the way through) on one edge; wood is slightly dry, but otherwise fine.

$655.00 (item #X632)

WILLIAM SPRATLING TIN CANDLESTICK

Great early tin candlestick by William Spratling, c. 1930s, early 1940s; about 9-1/4" high; marked with "WS" conjoined, TAXCO, MEXICO;"  few dents; wonderful old patina.

$1,425.00  (item #X641)

WILLIAM SPRATLING PATINATED TIN CANDLESTICKS

A great vintage pair of tin candlesticks by William Spratling; patinated with a brown finish; each is approximately 3-1/2" high x 4-3/4" diameter; each is marked with both large and small conjoined "WS" and "TAXCO;" nice old patina, fine condition.

$1,600.00  (item #X642)

Salvador Vaca Teran was an outstanding silver designer and technician.  He began in the 1930s working as a zorrita at Las Delicias with William Spratling.  In 1939, he joined Los Castillo where his jewelry was sold under that Los Castillo mark for many years.  In 1952, he established his own workshop with twenty-five silversmiths in Mexico City.  His work is unique in its use of overlapping planes. He is also known for combining metal with stone mosaics that were made into trays, pitchers, etc.

His work is highly collectible and quite rare.

SALVADOR TERAN BRASS LIDDED BOX STONE TILE MOSAIC

Brass lidded box with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; about 4-3/8" high x 3-1/16" wide x 2-1/4" deep; soft blue-green stone; interior and bottom is lavender (glaze or paint); marked: "Salvador, HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, 424;" fine condition.

$725.00 (item #X641)

SALVADOR TERAN BRASS LIDDED BOX STONE TILE MOSAIC

Brass lidded box with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; about 4-3/8" high x 3-1/16" wide x 2-3/8" deep; brown tiles with golden flecks; interior and bottom are reddish brown (glaze or paint); marked: "Salvador, HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, 424;" fine condition.

$725.00(item #X745)

SALVADOR TERAN COPPER TRAY WITH STONE TILE MOSAIC

Copper tray with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; beautiful deep reddish-brown patina; about 12-1/2" long x 6" wide; tiles are in fine condition; tray has a crack through the metal on one end (see larger photograph on html page); marked: "HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, Salvado, 425."

SOLD (item #X642)

LARGE FLAT WALL HANGING / TRAY IN THE STYLE OF SALVADOR TERAN

Large copper tray / wall hanging with stone tile mosaic in the style of Salvador; red patina (probably painted); about 21" (including handle) x 7-1/2"; great scene of a seated couple--very colorful! A tiny bit of stone loss-overall fine condition; no marks.

$225.00 (item #X643)

MEXICAN MOSAIC CAT PLATTER

Adorable handmade Mexican brass platter or wall hanging with mosaic tile (grumpy) green-eyed cat. c. 1950s; about 18-1/2" x 4-3/4"; brass is hand-hammered, tiles are probably textured glass;  hanger in the back for the wall; varnish has yellowed some and there are some scratches and wear on the brass; otherwise fine condition.

$185.00 (item #HPX051)
MEXICAN MIXED METALS AND ABALONE CRAB BOWL

Whimsical, 3 dimensional Mexican crab bowl; copper, brass, silver plate, and inlaid abalone shell; approximately 10" x 6" x 1" high; marked: "F.C.S., COBRE, MEXICO;" some loss to the silver plating, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X702)

Fred Davis (1880-1961) was an American who moved to Mexico in 1910.  Because of his interest in the jewelry worn by Mexican woman, he began to create designs based on this aesthetic, which included pre-Columbian motifs.  Many of the pieces marked "FD" include amethysts and carved stones with silver. His work is highly collectible for both its age, quality, and beauty.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

FRED DAVIS HAND-WROUGHT STERLING BOX

Exquisite hand-wrought sterling box with carved stone Aztec face, (I am unsure of the stone, but it is a soft blue and tan); circa 1930s; approximately 5-1/4" x 3-3/8" x 1-1/2" high; marked with conjoined "FD" mark and what appears to be "980;" a few very minor dents, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X725)

FRED DAVIS MINIATURE STERLING BOX

Fred Davis handwrought miniature sterling box; approximately 1" x 3/4" x 1/2" high; marked with "FD (conjoined), 925;" top sits ever so slightly to one side; otherwise appears to be in original condition.

$225.00 (item #X779)

Antonio Castillo and his brothers, Jorge (Chato), Miguel, and Justo were trained at the Spratling workshop, Las Delicias in the 1930s.  In 1939, they left to form their own company, Los Castillo.  Throughout the years, they produced handcrafted jewelry in many different techniques including repoussé, mixed and married metals, and inlay, often employing more than 100 artisans. Jewelry and hollowware by Los Castillo is desired by collectors for its beautiful handcrafted surfaces, superb quality, and innovative designs.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Work from Los Castilo was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

LOS CASTILLO METAL, STONE AND WOOD BOX

Exquisite metal box by Los Castillo; I am unsure of the metal, probably plated copper; gorgeous inlaid stone top with what looks like lapis, malachite and azure-malachite; rose wood interior; probably circa 1950's; approximately 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"x 1-3/16" high; some wear to the metal, stone top has a lovely soft look and feel to it; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, HECHO EN MEXICO."

SOLD (item #X646)

LOS CASTILLO SCULPTURAL HAMMERED SILVER PLATED PITCHER WITH BIRD

This is one of the nicest pieces I've seen done in this style by Los Castillo, Taxco--a beautifully hammered, silver plated pitcher with a whimsical, plumed brass bird with stone eyes and inlaid malachite and azurmalachite feathers that "layer" down the handle; a lovely height at  6/1/4" with about 12" around the middle; overall fine condition with no dents; stone inlay is a little dry, but appears to be all intact; marked on the bottom: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, MADE IN MEXICO, PLATERDO, 209."

SOLD (item #SMX013)

LOS CASTILLO COPPER, SILVER, BRASS & WOOD PLAQUE OF THE LAST SUPPER

Interesting plaque of the Lord's Supper by Los Castillo, wooden background with copper figures with silver heads, brass chalice and copper ball (for bread); the band around the front rectangular piece of wood may be silver also; a few dips in the wood and a chip on the top edge of the outer rectangle and chips to the edges of the same, all the metals are oxidized, otherwise, OK; label on reverse reads: "Los Castillo, PLATEROS DE TAXCO, TALLERES EN TAXCO TEL. 2.00.52; AMBRERES 41, TELS: 511.81.98., MEXICO.D.F., 525.70.09."

$925.00 (item #X748)

  LOS CASTILLO BRASS, COPPER & SILVER PITCHER WITH STONE FROGS

Los Castillo copper and brass pitcher with carved stone frog and inlaid stone frogs with silver eyes around the bulbous part of the pitcher; about 9-1/2" high x 6" diameter; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, HECHO EN MEXICO, HANDWROUGHT, 48;" lots of oxidation and pitting to the surface as well as scratches and wear, but no major dents.

SOLD (item #X749)

LOS CASTILLO  MIXED METALS AND INLAID STONE CHESS BOX

Beautiful Los Castillo mixed metals and inlaid stone box illustrating chess pieces; copper, silver and other white metal of which I am unsure and rosewood interior; about 7-3/4" x 4-1/4" x 1-1/8" high; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, HAND WROUGHT;" some wear to the bottom of the box and some of the metal is oxidized, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X67)

Sigi Pineda, (b. 1929) "developed his own style in the early 1950's, approaching a more international flavor to his work than his contemporaries and predecessors who were exploring symbolic Mexican themes. Sigi's version of organic modernism was inspirational in developing and establishing a new design sensibility in Taxco, Mexican modernism, adding to the established Mexican art vocabulary."  From Sigi Pineda, Looking to the Future, by Sheila Pamfiloff and Javier (Javi) Oliveres.

His work is highly collectible for it's quality and unique, recognizable designs.  It is featured in both Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill and Silver Masters of Mexico by Penny Morrill.

SIGI PINEDA MIXED METALS AND STONE PLAQUE

Sigi Pineda mixed metals and inlaid stone plaque (most likely alpaca and copper); about 19-3/4" x 8"; inlaid signature: "Sigi;" alpaca has some pitting and tarnish, slight oxidation to the copper and there is some roughness on the edges; what appears to be a lacquered coating has pealed just slightly on one corner; otherwise good condition--a wonderful work of art by Sigi Pineda

$1,575.00 (item #X755)

"Talleres Monasticos is the workshop of the Benedictine monks of Cuernavaca.  The workshop was described as producting some exceptionally interesting semi-abstract liturgical artswork." (From Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks by Bille Hougart, p. 195)

TALLERES MONASTICOS ROSEWOOD PLAQUE

Rosewood plaque with image of Abraham and the night sky in brass, copper and silver; created by Talleres Monasticos (probably c. early 1960s); about 10" x 4-7/8" x slightly over 3/4" thick; marked with Talleres Monasticos maker's mark on the reverse and .925; some light surface wear, but in overall fine condition.

SOLD
(item #XU001)
900 SILVER COVERED BIRD BOX

A wonderful figural covered bird box (most likely some type of chicken); heavily repousséd and chased; probably Japanese, c. mid 20th century or earlier; about 5-1/2" high x 7" long; marked: "THAN, 900;"  fine condition.

$450.00 (item #FM002) NEW!

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