Bueno - Vintage Mexican Modernist Silver Jewelry and Metalwork
Kim Matthews, proprietor
Left: Spratling 980 jaguar pin, not for sale.
Los Castillo Mixed Media Hardware
Brass, abalone, and azurmalachite inlay knobs by Los Castillo. Two round knobs are design number 159 and measure 2" in diameter. Scroll design is design number 165 and measures approx. 1 x 2-5/8". All are signed "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle. Price is for lot of three.
Los Castillo Abstract Earrings
Design number 420 screwback sterling earrings by Los Castillo, each with identical markings.
Los Castillo Articulated Pendant and Earrings
Terrific style copper and sterling very large kinetic pendant (1.75 x 4") and 1 x 3-1/4" earrings. Earrings signed on screw findings with undecipherable eagle assay mark. Pendant appears to bear eagle assay mark #36 (a late Salvador design?), no other markings.
Los Castillo Pegasus Scatter Pins
Pair of sterling Los Castillo Pegasus pins, likely a Margot design. Interestingly, one bears the earlier straight-line block-letter mark, and the other, a later circular mark. Both include identical design numbers. 1-1/4" diameter.
Los Castillo Flower Dress Clip
Large (2-1/2 x 3-3/8") early Los Castillo sterling dress (or hair?) pin, fully signed with straight-line block-letter mark on two-pronged finding as well as back, design number 460(?).
Los Castillo Naturalistic Earrings
Elegant Margot-esque sterling screwbacked earrings signed and design numbered 595, with double circular Los Castillo marks and eagle assay, signed on findings as well as backs.
Los Castillo Beaded Leaf Pin
7/8 x 2-1/8" sterling repousse pin by Los Castillo, design number 710, double stamped Los Castillo Taxco Sterling circular marks, and letter H.
Los Castillo Brass Onix Negro Earrings
Large 1 x 1-1/2" brushed brass and sterling-backed inverted teardrop earrings in Los Castillo's Onix Negro technique. Numbered and signed on screwback findings.
Los Castillo Sterling Earrings
These 1/2 x 1-3/4" hefty sterling earrings definitely show Margot's influence at Los Castillo. Signed and numbered 704 on screwback findings.
Los Castillo Pavon Fish Earrings
Unusual sterling inlay steel screwbacked earrings in Los Castillo's "Steel the color of a peacock" technique. Steel is fused to a sterling back. Sterling findings signed and numbered. Condition good with some scratches/rust, 7/8" diameter. Were $95
Los Castillo Copper Combs
Pair elegant copper hair ornaments, each 1-1/2 x 3-3/4", signed "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle, and "Hecho en Mexico."
Los Castillo Swag/Scroll Earrings
These early Los Castillo clipback earrings show the influence of Margot van Voorhies Carr and are signed with the straight-line block letter mark, "Sterling Mexico," and design number 574. 1-1/2 x 1-1/2."
Los Castillo Mixed Metals Bracelet
Smart silver, brass, and copper bracelet marked "Metales Castillo" and design number 144 with box clasp. This is a bracelet for a fairly small wrist, 2-3/8" diameter.
Los Castillo Fish Pin
Early fun sterling fish pin by Los Castillo, signed and numbered. 1 x 1-1/2".
Los Castillo Pavonado Cufflinks
Unusual 7/8" diameter blued steel on silver fish motif cufflinks by Los Castillo, signed and design numbered 115. Were $125
Los Castillo Lock and Key Pin
Early-mid 1940s Los Castillo sheet sterling pin in the form of an escutcheon with keyhole and dangling key on chain, 2 x 2-1/2". Key/chain 3-3/8" long. Signed with straight-line block letter mark and design number 134.
Los Castillo Celestial Earrings
3/4 x 1-1/2" silver over copper screwbacked earrings after Spratling by Los Castillo. Screw findings marked "Los Castillo, Taxco, Mexico". Condition good with some abrasions.
Los Castillo Metales Casados Face Earrings
Screwbacked married metals earrings, approximately 1/2" square, silver, brass, copper, and dark silver in a smiling face design. Signed "Metales Castillo" and design number 88. One original finding has been replaced. Were $85.00
Los Castillo Figural Pins
Early pair of figural sterling pins, signed with block-style signature and design# 101. She's roughly 3/4 x 1-7/8"; he's about 3/4 x 2-1/8".
Los Castillo Oval Mosaic Earrings
Turquoise cabs surrounded by azurmalachite Mosaico Azteca inlay comprise these small sterling Los Castillo earrings, 3/8" x 1/2", signed and numbered 106 on screw findings.
Los Castillo Cooperativa Inlay Earrings
7/16 x 1" sterling and bloodstone(?) screwbacked earrings, design number 124, eagle assay #3 produced by the artisans of the Antonio Piņeda/Los Castillo co-op.
Los Castillo Swag Pin
Early (pre-eagle assay) Los Castillo sterling pin, signed on applied plaque with block-letter mark and design number 635. 1-3/4 x 3-1/2".
Aztec Mosaic Pinwheel Pin
Beautifully made 2" diameter sterling and azurmalachite inlay pin in the style of (and possibly made by) Los Castillo. Partially struck double sterling marks read "Sterling Taxco" and "Hecho en Mexico". Design #128, no eagle assay.
Los Castillo Triskelion Earrings
7/8" round silver earrings, each stamped with "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle and design number 605 on screw findings.
Los Castillo "Fern" Earrings
3/4 x 1-1/2" sterling earrings by Los Castillo. Fully stamped on handmade screw findings, including eagle assay mark and design number 130. Beautifully crafted: top of "fern/flower" fitted into bottom pocket and sweat-soldered.
Los Castillo Mosaico Azteca Earrings
Design #170, curved azurmalachite inlay sterling earrings by Los Castillo measuring 1/2 x just over 1-1/8." Fully marked with design number, eagle assay, maker's mark, etc. on backs and screw findings,
Los Castillo Abstract Dress Pin
Early, hefty sterling pin signed with the straight-line block-letter "Los Castillo Taxco" mark and design number 419, pre- eagle assay. 1 x 2", with a small pendant loop on the reverse upper left, suggesting that matching pieces may have been available.
Los Castillo Onix Negro Domino Tie Clip
1-1/8 x 2-3/4" onyx and sterling inlay tie clip by Los Castillo, signed and numbered. Some abrasions to stone, but very good condition overall.
Los Castillo Metales Casados Cuff
Fresh, modern striped married metals cuff signed "Metales Castillo," design #188, and eagle assay mark. 1-1/4" high, inside measurements 2" x 2-3/8", opening 1.5" wide.
Los Castillo Mixed Media Demiparure
Daisy motif pin and earrings combine Mosaico Azteca and Metales Casados techniques. Fully signed and numbered, max. width earrings 1 x 2", pin 2-1/4" x 2-5/8" approx.
Los Castillo Figure Cutout Earrings
Skillfully cut out figures in a surrealistic design (Gemini?) adorn these 50s modernist sterling earrings by Los Castillo. 3/4 x 15/16", signed and numbered 396(?)
Los Castillo Sagittarius Earrings
Zodiac series design #146 sterling earrings measuring 3/4 x 1", really fine cutwork. Screw findings signed "Sterling Made in Mexico" and eagle #14 (?)
Los Castillo Onix Negro Trapezoid Cufflinks
15/16 x 1-1/16" mixed media cufflinks with brass, turquoise, and sterling inlaid in black onyx, signed "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle, design number 0308 (or P?) and eagle assay #15.
Los Castillo Angelfish Pin
Superbly crafted '40s sterling angelfish with dyed onyx eye, 2 x 3", signed "Los Castillo Taxco" with the straight-line mark as well as "Sterling Made in Mexico" and design number 349.
Los Castillo Mixed Media Charger
Exceptional 15-1/2" diameter silver-plated charger depicting a PreColumbian duck-hunting scene in copper, brass, light and dark silver, turquoise, and sodalite. Signed "Los Castillo Mexico," "Hecho a Mano" and design number 771. The piece was restored several years ago by former Los Castillo artisans in Mexico City, where a small section of stone inlay under a hunter's legs was replaced.
Los Castillo Dome Earrings
Early Los Castillo dome earrings, 5/8" diameter, signed only "Los Castillo Taxco" linear block-letter mark and marked sterling. Some wear.
Los Castillo Mosaico Azteca Pin
3/4 x 1-3/4" sterling with azurmalachite inlay pin signed with double-circle "Mosaico Azteca" and "Los Castillo Taxco", "Hecho en Mexico." Design number cut out of backing, so only part remains.
Los Castillo Cancer Earrings
Zodiac series sterling earrings measuring 3/4 x 1". Identically marked findings read "Los Castillo Taxco" and eagle #15.
Los Castillo Pluma Azteca Earrings
Los Castillo Pluma Azteca multicolor earrings with stylized eagle motif. Condition good with exception of some missing back rivets securing back plate to base plate. Were $45
Los Castillo Cigarette Box
Approx. 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 3-3/4" rosewood box with onix negro top and various inlays of brass, turquoise and silver. Marked inside lid design #016P, Onix Negro, Los Castillo, Hecho en Mexico and eagle assay 15. Unusual design, perhaps by Estela Popowski.
Los Castillo Large Beaded Dome Earrings
Design #298, screwbacked sterling earrings signed Los Castillo on each finding, 1 x 1-1/8".
Los Castillo Rectangle Cufflinks
Smart patinated sterling cufflinks by Los Castillo signed with double circular "Sterling Mexico" and "Los Castillo Taxco" on each link. 1/2 x 7/8".
Los Castillo Earrings 217
1 x 1-1/2" sterling screwbacked earrings, signed with "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle and eagle assay #15 and design number 217.
Los Castillo Rooster Earrings
Design #167, wonderfully surreal small (approx. 1-1/4" h) screwbacked earrings signed with the circular "Los Castillo Taxco" mark on each.
Los Castillo Eagle Profile Pin
Unusual mixed-media pin combining Mosaico Azteca and Onix Negro techniques in a brass setting. 1 x 1-1/8", signed "ONMA," Los Castillo Mexico circular mark, and design number 34.
Los Castillo Metales Casados Profile Tray
4-3/4" diameter metales casados tray in the style of Salvador Teran: copper, brass, light and dark silver. Marked "Handwrought, Hecho en Mexico" as well as "Los Castillo Taxco" in a circle and design number 280.
Los Castillo Figural Letter Opener
8" high brass and chrysocolla mosaic inlay letter opener signed "Los Castillo Taxco" and other unclear mark, double sided.
Los Castillo Metales Casados Archer Tray
5-1/2 x 5-5/8" repousse copper tray with inset silver and dark silver archer signed "Metales Castillo, Handwrought," and "Los Castillo Taxco" circular mark.
Margot Geometric Clip Earrings
3/4 x 1-3/4" sterling earrings by Margot, signed on clipback findings with maker's mark and design number 542(6?), eagle assay mark, etc.
Margot Speckle Earrings
3/8 x 5/8" lapis blue speckle enamel sterling earrings, signed and design numbered 5788 on screw findings, eagle assay #16, etc.
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