Dating from around the 1940s, this lovely brooch was made in Taxco, Mexico by a highly skilled artisan. It itakes the form of a stylized equine head - whether horse, pony or donkey I leave you to decide - but the donkey or burro is a much-loved motif in Mexican jewellery and perhaps there's something about our friend's ears..?
The animal's features and bridle are indicated with simple, expressive lines in silver to contrast with a beautiful natural mosaic stone inlay in shades of rich blue, cool greens and warmer khaki. This is probably made of azurite or azurmalachite and reminds me of the 'Mosaico Azteca' technique perfected by Los Castillo. Indeed, this piece may well have been created by one of their artisans. On the reverse it is marked 'Taxco Sterling', a pre-eagle mark from the 1930s or 40s. The brooch fastens securely with a strong pin and roll-lock safety clasp, both working well.
Condition is very good with no damage to the inlay and only light surface scratches to the silver from normal use and wear. It could be polished more if wished but as some prefer the patina I have left it as it came to me.
A really appealing brooch, beautifully made and full of character. It measures 40mm (1 and 9/16") wide by 37mm (1 1/2") high approx.
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