This Los Castillo sterling silver necklace is done with the enameling technique known as "Esmalte A Fuego." It was in use by Los Castillo for a short period, thus making those pieces rare. Each of the 30 links are in a vaguely fish tail shape with dark red swirling enamel designs that also have the look of a fish hook and a whale's tail. This is an amazing piece of mid-century sterling out of the uber famous Los Castillo workshop - its worksmanship and beauty are truly incredible.
Measurements: The necklace is 15 inches long and 3/4 inches wide with a snap box closure (which is nearly invisible from the front). Weight is 2.4 ounces.
Condition: The necklace is in excellent vintage condition. Please use the zoom feature to review all photographs carefully, as they are an important part of the description.
Marks: The back of two links are marked. One is stamped "LOS CASTILLO TAXCO" in the outside of a circle; inside is the #15" and the Eagle mark and has a repeat circle of "LOS CASTILLO TAXCO." This hallmark was used from 1955 - 1970's. The link to the right of this has stamped "Esmalte a Feugo" inside a rectangle and the number "03." This is a reference to the use of enamel in this necklace.
Los Castillo's workshop opened in 1939, after working for Spratling. Founder Antonio Castillo was briefly married to Margot van Voorhies Carr (aka: Margot de Taxco) and the esmalte a fuego style is more closely associated with her workshop. Their shop was known as innovative and prolific.
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Los Castillo Esmalte A Feugo Sterling Silver Necklace
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