Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver parure or suite by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5414A and called, "Pointed Face" or "Egyptian face" circa 1955. This five piece set consists of a necklace with attached pendant, bracelet and earrings. It features a sterling silver base enameled in two colors, a dark blue melange and opaque black. The necklace has a central plaque with a “face” created in black enamel and surrounded by dark blue melange or confetti style enamel that exhibits a myriad of colors above the raised silver work, including light blue, green, maroon,and black. The necklace has 15 sections plus the central plaque. The individual sections are each tied together with a flat loop at the top of each segment. The eyes and mouth of the “face” are pierced and open. The necklace is 17” long. The central motif is 2-1/4" wide X 2-1/4" tall (maximum dimensions). The closure is an enclosed box style. This piece is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "5414A" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling” + a double Eagle 16 mark. The earrings have the same looped motif as the edging of the "face". They are 1-3/16“ long X 3/4“wide (maximum dimensions) and are screw back. The earrings have "Margot de Taxco" + the Eagle 16 mark on one earring and the other has "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + the Eagle 16 mark. The bracelet echos the earrings in design. It has 3 plaques and is 7-1/2" round. It has a safety chain which can be removed. It is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "5414A" + the Eagle 16 mark. The necklace weighs 71.7 grams, the bracelet weighs 63.0 grams and the earrings weigh 15.8 grams, for a total weight of 150.5 grams for the set.
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. There may be surface scratches on the item. There is no 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 the piece.
Smart Margot de Taxco Enamel "Pointed Face" Parure #5414 c. 1955