SOLD Dámasco Gallegos Sterling Leaf Brooch
Amazing three dimensional figural leaf brooch, handcrafted in Mexico, circa 1940 by Taxco silversmith Dámasco Gallegos. Leaf base with four sprigs set on top, safety clasp back - very finely crafted.
7cm x 2.5cm
DG (in script in a circle) Sterling 925
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage ring.
About this Piece
High in the hills of southern Mexico is a small town named Taxco, rich in silver deposits with a history of mining and silver smithing, this town has produced some of the world's finest design and workmanship in vintage jewellery. The Mexican Revolution (a long and bloody civil war) ended in the 1930's leaving people and produce able to move freely for the first time in 30 years. American architect William Spratling, enamoured with the towns skills and resources, helps to reinvigorate the silver industry by creating silver design workshops, and exporting the produce, mostly to the United States. This little town became a hive of original design and expert craftsmanship attracting artisans and artists, like few other places and produced some of the worlds finest silver work for a 50 year period.
Mexican silversmith Dámasco Gallegos 1895-1976. Opened his own taller in Taxco, La Amatista, after working at Héctor Aguilar's Taller Borda. Some of his work was also sold at Rancho Alegre. (Hougart 2006).