This fine solid sterling silver bowl is by Mexican silver maestro Juventino Lopez Reyes. The Modernist bowl has an abstract curved shape and stands on four tapered legs.
The bowl measures 5 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches across the top. It's 3 1/4 inches high to the tallest end. The bowl weighs approximately 10 ounces.
The bottom is marked with Reyes' hallmark ...JLR - STERLING 925. The number 6 is probably the style number. More of the hallmark is not legible though we can see part of what is the HECHO EN MEXICO faint impression in the silver.
Bowl was made circa 1950s/60s. Reyes opened his own workshop...Plateria Del Recreo, in 1935 in Mexico City. The taller sold fine flatware and hollowware at top outlets that included Rancho Alegre, Sanborn's, and Maria de Taxco.
This bowl has some light surface scratches and a tiny pin-size indent. This bowl was given a surface wipe but not really polished as we leave that decision to buyer. Overall in excellent vintage condition. This is as much a piece of sculpture as it is a functional bowl.
Reyes is listed in 'The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks' by Bille Hougart.- 2006 Edition - Pages 163, 232, 253, 272. Also featured in Morrill "Silver Magazine" - "The Mark of One Mexican Silver Designer" May/June 1999 pages 28-31.
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