Taxco Mexican Inlaid Lapis and Malachite With Silver Vintage Brooch
Sterling silver inset with lapis and green malachite chips set with a silver indigenous figure over a camp fire. A beautiful example of the work that has come out of Taxco over the past 100years. Although established with silver mines after settlement by the Spaniards in 1528 it was American William Spratling who developed it as an outstanding centre for silver ware during the 1930's. The signature shown on the back of this large brooch is T M 50. T is the city letter for Taxco. The second letter M is the first letter of the silver smith. The number 50 means this silversmith is the 50th silversmith whose last name starts with the letter M, within the city of Taxco. There are other markings there - 925 Mexico and TS-22, so it may have been a collaboration between the artist who did the inlay, and the silversmith. It is a large brooch at 6cms across. There is a pendant bale to the back so that it can be worn on a chain, as well as a firm roll over safety clasp. A gorgeous mid century piece gift boxed by Vintageonline, in very good pre loved condition.