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Mexican Silver

Jewelry and Metalwork from Taxco, Mexico

Silversmithing has been practiced for centuries in Mexico. Historically speaking, the Navajo of the Southwestern United States learned their trade from Mexicans. Interestingly enough, an American named William Spratling took the craft to entirely new level. He did this in 1931, when he established a retail outlet for Mexican jewelry near the silver-mining center of Taxco.

Spratling and his contemporaries borrowed liberally from pre-Columbian imagery for their designs. They found some designs on Mexico’s pyramids and lifted others from the 14th-century symbols that fill the Codex Zouche-Nuttal. Essentially, this made it "open-source material." It shouldn’t be too surprising that these shops succeeded and borrowed liberally from one-another.

Some competitors were actively encouraged. The Taxco School, as it is known today, was formed largely from former Spratling employees such as the Castillo brothers, Héctor Aguilar, Antonio Pineda, and Valentin Viadurreta, who brought a Mexican eye to Art Deco. Naturally, these artisans and their shops became incubators for still more generations of silversmiths.


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Total items in collection: 408. Total items on page 22

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID MarketData ID
Seahorse Earings Coral Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12001 H:$568.80 25813
Bird Cuff Matilde Poulat Bracelet Silver (925) Sterling 12002 H:$709.00 26347
Gem Pyramid Hair Comb Amethyst Matilde Poulat Hair Comb Silver (925) Sterling 12003 H:$570.00 26348
Turquoise Stacks Brooch Turquoise Matilde Poulat Brooch Silver (925) Sterling 12004 H:$267.00 26429
Silver Dove Enamel Brooch Enamel Matilde Poulat Brooch Silver (925) Sterling 12005 H:$267.00 26908
Turquoise Angel Fish Brooch Turquoise Matilde Poulat Brooch Silver (980) 12006 H:$267.00 26928
Snake Necklace Gold Gilding Matilde Poulat Necklace Silver (980) 12007 H:$1,254.59 26929
Turquoise and Amethyst Pyramid Earrings Amethyst Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12008 H:$555.90 26930
Rings of Turquoise and Amethyst Ring Amethyst Matilde Poulat Ring Silver (925) Sterling 12009 H:$108.28 26931
Turquoise and Dove Necklace Turquoise Matilde Poulat Necklace Silver (925) Sterling 12010 H:$1,264.61 26932
Amethyst and Turquoise Cross Pendant Turquoise Matilde Poulat Necklace Silver (925) Sterling 12011 H:$1,260.62 26933
Starburst Amethyst Necklace Amethyst Matilde Poulat Necklace Silver (925) Sterling 12012 H:$1,257.99 94054
Square Link Bracelet Amethyst Matilde Poulat Bracelet Silver (925) Sterling 12013 H:$709.00 94055
Spiral Stacks Bracelet Turquoise Matilde Poulat Bracelet Silver (925) Sterling 12014 H:$709.00 94056
Petals and Swirls Bracelet Turquoise Matilde Poulat Bracelet Silver (900) 12015 H:$709.00 94057
Turquoise Bows Earrings Turquoise Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12016 H:$555.90 94058
Square Tassel Earrings Amethyst Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12017 H:$555.90 94059
Serpent Ring Amethyst Matilde Poulat Ring Silver (925) Sterling 12018 H:$108.28 94060
Semi-Spiral Earrings Amethyst Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12019 H:$555.90 94061
Baby Quetzal Earrings Turquoise Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12020 H:$555.90 94062
Bird Earrings Turquoise Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12021 H:$555.90 94063
Serpent Boat Earrings Turquoise Matilde Poulat Earrings Silver (925) Sterling 12022 H:$555.90 94064