Designer Mexican silver shimmers in Dallas, March 19

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Mexican silver and amethyst quartz brooch. Fred Davis, Mexico City, Mexico, circa 1940. Marks: FD, SILVER, MADE IN MEXICO. 7/8 inch by 1 5/8 inches; .6 ounces (gross). The stepped rectangular brooch with stepped bridge resting to either side of truncated pyramid set amethyst quartz, secured at back with C clasp. Estimate: $400-$600. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

DALLAS, Texas – The striking, singular designs of Mexican silver jewelry, and the luminous names that designed it – William Spratling, Antonio Pineda, Hector Aguilar and Fred Davis, among others – will highlight an important Signature® Silver and Vertu Auction at Heritage Auction Galleries, March 19, at the Dallas-based auctioneers’ Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street, right in the heart of the city’s Design District.
 
“This is an important new opportunity for us,” said Tim Rigdon, Heritage’s Director of Silver and Vertu. “We’ve already developed a solid reputation for quality silver auctions, and the addition of this important jewelry, by name designers, will further cement our place in the business as a vital venue for consignors and buyers of fine silver.”
 
Mexico has long been recognized for the high quality of both the silver it produces and the designers that have utilized it to create designs of unique standing and enduring value. However, it was the artistic production of the workshops centered in Taxco that thrust Mexico into the forefront of modernistic silver jewelry design movement in 1930. Beginning with the American expatriate William Spratling, workshops producing beautifully designed silver that drew on the rich native artistic heritage of Mexico – while still exhibiting thoroughly modernistic sensibilities – multiplied. Retailed through major luxury boutiques and department stores in America, including Neiman-Marcus and Gump’s, Taxco silver jewelry was an immediate and lasting success.
 
Highlights of the Mexican silver jewelry to be featured in the March auction include: a Héctor Aguilar designed Mexican silver necklace, Taxco, Mexico, circa 1940; a Fred Davis designed Mexican silver and amethyst quartz cuff, Mexico City, circa 1935; a stunning William Spratling Mexican silver hummingbird necklace, made between 1964 and 1967; another choice example of Spratling jewelry, a beautiful Mexican silver necklace, circa 1939-1940; a Mexican silver and obsidian bracelet, designed by Antonio Pineda, Taxco, circa 1960; a Salvador Terán designed Mexican silver and obsidian bracelet, Mexico City, Mexico, circa 1955;  a Mexican silver and leather belt, made by Hector Aguilar, Taxco, Mexico, circa 1945.
 
“We’ve worked hard to put this superb collection together,” said Rigdon. “The Mexican designer silver jewelry is just the tip of this auction, and once bidders see the depth of what he have in this event – whether it’s the online catalog, or the physical auction catalog – they’ll see that we’ve got some of the best silver the market has to offer right now.”
 
Visit www.HA.com to view the online catalog, with full descriptions and fully enlargeable photographs.

Over the past five years Heritage has consistently realized exceptionally strong results for Fine Silver and Vertu, which led to the development of the Silver and Vertu specialist department in 2008. Focusing on rare and unusual pieces of American 19th century silver by major makers such as Tiffany & Co. and the Gorham Manufacturing Co., as well as excellent pieces of English, Continental and Russian silver by major makers, the inaugural sale in May 2008 achieved remarkable results. Heritage is expecting similar results in the March auction with the focus on Mexican silver, but bidders will also have a wide array of other offerings to round out their prospective buying, including selections of jewelry from Georg Jensen and Tapio Wirkkula, among others.
 
“From our intensive cross-marketing efforts, we are seeing interest in these important items from our Jewelry, Indian Art, and Western Art clients as well as our traditional Silver and Vertu buyers,” said Rigdon.
 
For additional information on this, or any other Heritage Auction, call 800-872-6467, visit www.HA.com, or e-mail TimR@HA.com.

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Mexican silver necklace. Héctor Aguilar, Taxco, Mexico, circa 1940. Marks: HA, 990, TAXCO. 17 1/2 inches long; 3.19 troy ounces. The Maguey Necklace, secured with box clasp. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
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Mexican silver cuff, attributed to William Spratling, Taxco, Mexico, circa 1940. Mark is undecipherable. 2 5/8 inches wide; 2.28 troy ounces. The wave cuff is set with silver cabochons and balls. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
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Mexican silver necklace. Antonio Pineda, Taxco, Mexico, circa 1955. Marks: (Antonio crown), SILVER, HECHO EN MEXICO, (eagle 17). 16 inches long; 6.47 troy ounces. The cage form necklace of wire swags hinged together with silver bands, secured with a box clasp. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

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