Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver brooch by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr). This is her design style #5200 and is called, "Ballerina" circa 1955. The brooch features a lovely toe dancing ballerina, facing right. The dancer is facing right with her arms lifted above her head. The piece is 1-1/2" tall X 1-1/8" wide (maximum dimensions). The closure is a heavy safety clasp. The piece weighs 6.1 grams. The brooch is marked "Margot de Taxco" + design number "5200".
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as Margot de Taxco , was originally from San Francisco and moved to Taxco Mexico in the 1930's. She was married for a time to Antonio Castillo who was a partner in Los Castillo, a prominent silver manufacturer. She did a number of their designs in the early 1940's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years after their marriage failed. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production, she began with many of her basic Los Castillo designs and modified them to her own tastes. Some of Margot's early pieces and Los Castillo designs overlap. Later, her designs became key to her unique style. Many of her pieces are rhythmic in style and this piece typifies that sense of movement.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling" on one piece. There is an patina on the piece.
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect.
Jazzy Margot de Taxco Ballerina Brooch #5200 c. 1955