For sale here is a BIG and quite rare vintage 1950s handmade mixed metals sterling silver brass and black onyx inlay modernist Face design letter opener/knife designed by Stella Popowski in Mexico. Popowski was a European jewish emigre who fled Europe to Cuba in the late 1930s, and left Cuba for Mexico in the late 1940s. She lived and worked in Taxco in the 1950s to early 1960s and designed jewelry for Los Castillo, Antonio Pineda, and later for herself in her own studio. She was not a silversmith, so she designed the jewelry and had it executed by a number of different silversmiths in Taxco. In the mid-1960s she moved to California where she lived in Newport Beach while concentrating on painting and design projects. This is a very rare and early design from the Popowski taller in Taxco. I've only seen one other of this design ever! It measures 6" long by 1-1/8" wide, and weighs 29.7 grams total. Marked as shown, "Popowski Sterling". Additional markings are for the silversmith that produced her design. (These silversmiths also worked for other designers as well as themselves, so their marks on an item don't indicate that it's a Popowski design.) The black onyx section has some slight wear, and lines from the original setting process, but this is original handmade construction, not damage, and is not visible except under magnification. Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear and tarnish as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
RARE 1950s Stella POPOWSKI Handmade Mixed Metal Sterling Brass Black Onyx Modernist LETTER OPENER
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