MEXICAN SILVER 4th Edition
by Penny Morrill and Carole Berk
The beautiful new blue cover is just a preview of the change and transformation that have taken place in the fourth edition of Mexican Silver. The entire text has been typed anew, allowing for updates, especially related to the deaths of designers and silversmiths whose lives had been previewed in earlier editions. Aficionados, collectors and enthusiasts will be delighted with the forty new photographs that have been added, enhancing an already heavily illustrated book. Several photographic highlights include a beautiful tortoise-shell croissant necklace by William Spratling from the post-Alaska period, a grouping of Spratling’s jewelry and objects which exhibit his use of the dot motif, and several striking pieces by Antonio Pineda and Héctor Aguilar.
A few new marks have been identified in the chapter on Makers’ Marks, including those of past and current designers. For those who have searched for information concerning the T-marks, the new edition contains over 2,300 T-marks from 1993, providing a historical perspective for this latest attempt on the part of the Mexican government to assure sterling silver (or better) content.
What has not changed is the wealth of information about the people in Mexico who made the brooches, belt buckles and bowls highlighted and described in Mexican Silver. The story is primarily about a community – silversmiths, lapidaries, carpenters and designers – involved in the production of objects in silver. Thus, every time we serve fruit salad or candy in a hand wrought silver bowl or stand before a mirror and adjust our Los Castillo cufflinks or attach an amethyst flower to the shoulder of a jacket, we recall the imaginative spirit that made this beauty possible. Penny Morrill 9/07
Infatuated with Color: Margot Van Voorhies and the Art of Mexican Enamelwork
by Penny Morrill
The book Infatuated with Color: Margot Van Voorhies and the Art of Mexican Enamelwork portrays Margot van Voorhies against the backdrop of her spectacular designs, represented in hundreds of color photographs. The life that Margot fearlessly led is the stuff of legend. She and her mother Albina survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and then maintained their financial independence at a time when few women were self-employed. Margot initiated her great adventure in Taxco, Mexico where she became an entrepreneur and business innovator of the highest order at Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco.
Margot should be considered one of the most inspired and productive silver jewelry designers of the twentieth century. In 1939, Margot and Antonio Castillo founded Los Castillo in Taxco, Mexico, and Margot designed most of the jewelry that came out of that collaboration. Margot went on to establish Margot de Taxco in 1947, where she continued to innovate in silver and champlevé. Her vision provided opportunity for hundreds of artisans who worked in both these workshops. Infatuated with Color focuses on Margot’s many contributions in this medium and introduces several outstanding enamellers who are working in Mexico today.
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The Andy Warhol Collection Sotheby’s NY
April 23-May 3,1988
Unopened boxed set- 6 Volumes
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