Two carved ducks from the workshop of Los Castillo, Mexican silver designers. The atelier included a wood shop as wood was somtimes incorporated with metal jewelry and hollow ware. These ducks were made especially for the home of Antonio Castillo who was the last surviving brother to carry on the workshop. Made probably 1970's and were purchased directly from his collection.
Large duck measures 19" long and 10" tall. Unknown woods are heavy weight.
Unusual silver bracelet by Mexican designer, Violante Ulrich. The three dimensionality of the rectangular links is heightened by oxidation to blacken the interiors. Each link measures 1" x 5/8". Violante grew up on the Spratling Ranch where she was trained in silversmithing since childhood.
Handmade sterling silver pendant with raised circles of eighteen karat gold and silver. The two stones are most likely peridot and blue topaz. Measures 1 1/4" in diameter. Hung on a 17" sterling chain.
Four pillboxes by early Mexican silver designer, Fred Davis. Three have turquoise stones and one is amethyst. Made circa 1930's.
Large box SOLD
Each smaller one is 3/4" x 1". Amethyst box in center is SOLD.
All are in excellent condition.
Sterling silver beads with exquisitely detailed designs. The beads were intentionally darkened and then curvilinear designs were soldered on top of each bead. Possibly a unique design. Made in Mexico. 18 1/2" wearable length.
Silver plated pillboxes from France, each with a different theme. Three are horse related, one has a sailor and one a hound. Each design is three dimensional. Boxes measure 1 1/4" in diameter and 3/4 - 7/8" tall.
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.
Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website, stellarubin.com