Vintage Sterling & Enamel Margot Serpent Necklace
Margot van Voorhies Carr, professionally known as Margot de Taxco, was a major contributor to the success of Taxco silver. Margot first came to Mexico in 1937 and soon thereafter met and married Don Antonio Castillo of Los Castillo (another well know Mexican silver jewelry artist). During her time with him, he encouraged her to translate her designs from paper to three-dimensional forms in silver. Many early designs of Los Castillo bear the obvious contributions of Margot de Taxco. After divorcing Antonio, Margot went out on her own with a business card that read, “As the stars are to the Night, So are Jewels to the Woman”. Margot is most famous for her works in enamels on silver and her devotion to Art Deco, Mayan and Japanese-inspired motifs. Her clients at the time included such Hollywood celebrities as John Wayne and Lana Turner and her vintage silver pieces and stunning enamel work have become highly collectable today.
This necklace is one of Margot de Taxco's most recognizable designs and is a fine example of her amazing talent and creativity. It's a fabulous vintage piece from the 1950's, comprised of 29 sterling silver and enameled links that have a 3-dimensional, life-like appearance. The collar necklace portrays the scaled body of a snake which coils around your neck beautifully. The sterling links have a scale-like surface with an amazing enameled design which has multicolored specks, giving it a textured appearance. The piece clasps at the back, in the center of the body, and the tail and the face of the snake overlap and rest at the front. Each link fits inside the next and attach to each other by a sterling pin. The head of the snake shares the wonderful enameled design, black enameled eyes and an open mouth to reveal it's slithering tongue. Because of the curvature of the links, the necklace rests comfortably around the neck and sits right at the collar bone. On the underside of the clasp are several markings: "MARGOT DE TAXCO" and the circular stamping "STERLING MADE IN MEXICO" which surround the number "16". There are also 4 numbers stamped into the link that look to me to be "555" and "4". It's a wonderful necklace and the ultimate piece for the Margot de Taxco collector!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 17.25" in length. The body of the snake measures 5/8" wide and 1/4" in depth and the head measures 7/8" wide and 3/8" in depth.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.There is no serious damage to the enameled links however there is a small amount of very minor and unnoticeable surface wear to some of the enameling.