Elegant alabaster bowl with sterling silver ornamentation by Emilia Castillo.
The bowl measures 14 inches in diameter. Five leaves, that I believe are philodendron, are folded over the rim. Irregularities in the color of the bowl are not cracks - they are natural to the stone. The piece is in excellent condition. Made circa 1990.
Modernist design ring of 14 karat gold with a rectangular aquamarine. The stone measures 7/16" x 5/16". It is set with four prongs on an asymmetrical gold band. Current ring size is 4 1/2. It can easily be made larger or smaller. Made in the 1960's.
Beautifully made pair of sterling silver and tortoise shell link bracelets. Each consists of four rectangular links with a tortoise plaque and three of silver. The clasp creates an additional silver link.
The bracelets are 7 1/8 inches in length and 11/16" in height. A hinged foldover clasp is especially secure and well integrated with the silver links. Condition is unused. Made in Mexico circa 1990.
Sold individually for $450 each or $850. for the pair.
Pair of charming, well crafted watercolor paintings of scenes in Taxco, Mexico that were done about 1950. The paintings are signed "M. Reina". Manuel Reina is a known artist who favored scenes of Mexican villages.
The paintings are in handmade wood frames that are carved to appear like the bark of a tree. The frames measure 11 1/2" x 14". The paintings within are 6" x 9".
The paintings very effectively evoke the feeling of a Mexican pueblo. Condition is excellent.
Sold as a pair.
Gold brooch with a central green agate and surrounded by small circular similar stones. The brooch was made by Ledesma, one of the well known jewelers of Taxco in the mid 20th century. Almost all of their work was in sterling silver rather than gold. It is likely this was a custom made piece.
The brooch measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Made of 14 karat gold; circa 1960. Condition is excellent. The light area is a reflection in the photo only. Color of the actual stone is consistent... Click for details
Antonio Pineda, one of the most respected of Taxco's mid 20th century jewelry designers was well known for the architectural quality of many of his designs. The intertwined Circles bracelet epitomizes that quality of his work. Silver balls are mounted within hinged circles. The bracelet is 1 1/8 " tall and 3/16" thick. It weighs a hefty 131 grams. It has a push clasp and safety chain. When closed, the bracelet is 2 3/4" in diameter suitable for a medium/ large wrist. The safety chain makes it... Click for details
This hefty silver and amethyst bracelet by Antonio Pineda is an extremely rare design. Ten sterling links measuring 1 3/16" each in width separate amethyst tubes. The bracelet has an invisible push clasp and original safety chain. It has an inside circumference of 7 1/4 inches fitting a medium wrist. The bracelet weighs a substantial 127 grams.
This is a 1990's rendition of a Spratling bracelet originally made between 1964 and 1967. The Spratling Ranch continued some of his designs after Spratling's death in 1967.
This heavy silver bracelet is made of tightly connected curved links. Each one sits over a silver tube that allows them to move easily. The bracelet has a very industrial look. It weighs a sturdy 66 grams. The bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long and half an inch wide. It has double safety clasps. Condition is excellent.
Art Smith (1917 - 1982) was one of the most prominent of the Greenwich Village jewelers of the mid 20th century. His work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was the subject of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that later traveled to major institutions throughout the country.
Smith often worked in copper or brass but this brooch has the advantage of being made in sterling silver. It has the open, airy abstract quality seen in much of his work. The brooch... Click for details
Unusually long, sterling silver Armadillo necklace by Hector Aguilar. It measures 26 inches in length. The largest link is 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 5/8 inches. It is square with rounded corners and holds the clasp. The other links are oval and measure 1 1/4 inches by one inch. Rivets hold the links together and move easily masking the necklace comfortable to wear. It weighs 134 grams. Hallmark dates from 1943 - 1948; condition is excellent.
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.
During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.
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