Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver brooch by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) c. 1955. This design is called "Arabesque" and is design number 5531. It features a translucent and textured Tiffany blue enamel background highlighted by opaque black enamel. The blue enamel shows "knobs" under the silver creating a dramatic look. The curlicues resemble a butterfly or ribbon bow. This brooch design is the central portion of the larger Arabesque design. The piece is 2-15/16" long X 1-1/2" wide (maximum dimensions). The brooch weighs 12.6 grams. It has a safety closure. It is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "5531" + "Sterling" and "Made in Mexico. The enamel is in excellent condition.
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, frequently adding enamel. Some of Margot's early pieces and Los Castillo designs overlap. Later, her designs became key to her unique style. She perfected the glass enamel techniques used in her most exciting pieces and this brooch features "champleve" enamel. This type of enamel is produced when cells in the piece are filled with vitreous or glass type enamels and then fired to produce rich colors and depths. Each color must be fired at different temperatures to produce the effects desired, so each piece could be fired a number of times. Due to the various enamels and techniques used, there may be wear or discoloration of the enamel in spots. There may be surface scratches on the item. We will note actual loss of enamel. This piece features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of colors that is part of the beauty of this piece. Some specks of enamel loss is visible on the blue enamel.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
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. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Thrilling Margot de Taxco Arabesque Brooch #5531 c. 1955