Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver necklace by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5531 and called, "Arabesque". The style is in a Persian motif with intertwining plants and abstract curvilinear motifs. The arabesque design became an essential part of the decorative tradition of Islamic cultures. Margot de Taxco utilized a number of styles in her work, but this piece is regarded as one of her finest works with 5 colors of enamel. The necklace has a sterling silver base with black as the main background color. The central plaque, which can be detached and worn as a brooch, has elements of champleve enamel in shades of sunset orange, turquoise, lemon yellow and aubergine making up the decorative swirls and curlicues. The plaque is completed by a detachable link necklace in enamel shades of lemon yellow and black. The necklace has 18 sections each connected by a loop at the top of the "curl". The center section is 3" X 3" (maximum dimensions). The necklace with attached center plaque is 15" long. The closure is a sturdy box clasp. The entire piece weighs 57.4 grams. The necklace is marked "Hecho in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "Margot de Taxco" + "5531" + the Eagle 16 mark.
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 her marriage to Antonio failed. 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 of jewelry. She perfected the glass enamel techniques used in her most exciting pieces. Most of the enamel pieces feature champleve enamel, although Margot called it "basse-taille." This type of enamel is produced when cells in the piece are filled with vitreous 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 any actual loss of enamel. The enamel in this piece is intact and not crazed.
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.
Magnificent Margot de Taxco Arabesque Necklace #5531 c. 1955