Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Margot de Taxco (Margot van Voorhies Carr) enamel bracelet in the "Square Scroll" design #5376 circa 1955. The bracelet features five large and one 1/2 sized square shaped panels. The 1/2 panel is designed for the clasp. The plaques are hinged together to form a link style bracelet. The squares have confetti or melange enamel in a deep blue green color flecked with turquoise, maroon, black, blue and light green. Each panel has a meander or Greek key pattern in silver surrounding the enamel finished with a flourish on one corner of the plaque. Each of the bracelet plaques are 1" tall X 1-1/4" wide (maximum dimensions) and the bracelet will accommodate a 7-1/8" wrist. This piece features a box clasp closure. There is a fixed safety chain which expands the bracelet an additional 4". The bracelet is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "5376" + the Eagle 16 mark. It weighs weighs 64.7 grams.
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 late 30's and early 40's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production about 1948, 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. Her enamel techniques set the standard for design and beauty. Her jewelry uses guilloche or basse-taille style enamels.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
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. This piece features Margot de Taxco enameling techniques which will show varying depths of color that is integral to the beauty of the piece. Any actual loss of enamel will be noted.
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. This piece has had a light cleaning.
Lilting Margot de Taxco Confetti Enamel Square Scroll #5376 c. 1955