This a wonderful Margot de Taxco sterling silver bow tie brooch. The design drawing for this brooch is shown on page 185 of "Margot Van Voorhies, The Art of Mexican Enamelwork" by Penny C. Morrill. The bow tie brooch is beautifully decorated with heavy light blue and white enamel.
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as “Margot de Taxco” was one of the great designers of Mexican jewelry in the mid-20th century. After moving to Mexico in 1937 she married Antonio Castillo who was working for William Spratling at the time. Antonio, Margot and his brothers and cousins established “Los Castillo” in 1939 with Margot as principal designer. After divorcing Antonio Castillo Margot opened “Margot de Taxco” in 1948. According to Penny Morrill and Carole Berk in “Mexican Silver”, Margot designed everything that her company produced.
Margot is best known for her champleve enamel work. Champleve is an enameling technique in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface and filled with vitreous enamel. Margo’s designs bear the influences of pre-Columbian motifs, the Art Deco style, and Japanese Art.
Brooch: 39 x 36 mm (1.6 x 1.4 inches), 11.1 g
Brooch Marks: "Margot de Taxco" "5898" "Sterling" "Made in Mexico" and the Mexican eagle assay mark with a "16" inside''
Condition: The enamel is in amazing condition. The pin clasp is in excellent working order. The brooch has its natural patina and was not polished.
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Margot de Taxco Sterling Silver Bow Tie Brooch, Design No. 5898