About the Artist:
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as “Margot de Taxco,” was one of the great designers of Mexican jewelry in the mid-20th century. After moving to Mexico in 1937, she married Antonio Castillo, who was working for William Spratling. While still working for Spratling, Antonio produced and sold jewelry designed by Margot; because it sold well, Antonio, Margot and his brothers and cousins established “Los Castillo” in 1939 with Margot as principal designer.
After divorcing Antonio Castillo, Margot opened “Margot de Taxco” in 1948. According to Penny Morrill and Carole Berk in their book Mexican Silver, Margot designed everything that her company produced and had a book of instructions and drawings for each piece of jewelry, detailing their construction and finishing.
She is best known for her champlevé enamel work. Champlevé enamel is an enameling technique in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface and filled with vitreous enamel. It is similar in appearance to cloisonné enamel; however, in cloisonné, the cells are created by soldering metal strips to a base to create the cells. In the case of Margot’s jewelry, the designs were die-struck. Dies were created to stamp the designs out of silver, and this die-making technique was a critical and detailed process of its own.
This beautiful champlevé-enameled butterfly brooch created by Margot de Taxco in the late 1950s is absolutely stunning. From the use of black, red, yellow, blue and green enamel, this butterfly comes alive with colors that, so combined, are very, very eye-catching. The enamel pieces are set into sterling silver backing. The die-stamped creation of this brooch exemplifies the master craftsmanship of its designer. This is a piece of jewelry that will greatly adorn any outfit with which it is worn.
This butterfly brooch is in excellent vintage condition, free of marks and scratches and with no loss of enameling. The backside pin is in great working order. This jewelry piece is hallmarked “Margot de Taxco” on the sterling silver back, where de Taxco’s eagle assay and an inventory number also appear. The brooch comes with a soft, black storage bag.
This divine, enameled, sterling butterfly brooch makes for a unique addition to any jewelry box. So, if you collect fine, high-fashion jewelry or pieces designed by Margot de Taxco, then don’t let this brooch pass you by as it will add great value to such your collection!