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Margot de Taxco

 Silver and Enamel Snake Necklace, Bracelet, and Ring Set

Fabulous vintage Margot de Taxco choker-style enamel and silver snake necklace.  Necklace consists of beautiful green, blue, and yellow speckled enamel on 28 intricately crafted interlocking  silver panels. Onyx eyes. Total length 16 inches. Hinged design coils around the neck, with the snake's head crossed over its tail in front. Unique features include a heart shaped tail, mouth slightly agape with protruding tongue, and a well hidden slide clasp in back.  Superb craftsmanship with each enameled scale outlined with silver.  Necklace and bracelet are stamped "Margot de Taxco 5554" on one side of the clasp, and "sterling, made in Mexico" encircling the maker's mark, on the other.  

Purchased in Taxco circa 1960.  

Very Good Condition with the following issues - Typical wear on nose enamel on both necklace and bracelet.  Two scales on side of necklace have partial enamel loss. ( shown below ).  Ring is worn from wear, but no chips or other damage.  Typical patina from age tarnish.  Set has not been cleaned in order to preserve patina. Overall an excellent set with unavoidable wear from use.  No significant problems.  Clasps and joints are solid.  Bracelet safety chain is intact.


American born Margot van Voorhies Carr, was a designer in Taxco at the Los Castillo taller, founded by the well know silversmiths the Castillo brothers.  Margot began her career as the wife of Antonio Castillo. She later divorced Don Antonio and opened her own shop, "Margot de Taxco," bringing with her several artisans from Los Castillo. Margot's art moderne-inspired works, particularly her enamel work is highly sought by collectors. Recently, her non-enameled sterling pieces have increased in value as well, as her works become increasingly scarce.

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