Friday, November 26, 2010
Patzcuaro INSPIRED Earrings From Taxco
PESCADOS DE PATZCUARO - CORAL Y PESCADOS EN PLATA
When I saw these they just screamed Patzcuaro. Now, there are a couple of issues with that: First, they are marked or stamped TAXCO with a spread eagle mark of what looks like 191. Second, I have not seen any documented earrings in this particular style for Patzcuaro.
OK so why do I think they are Patzcuaro?
For the two obvious reasons: fish & coral.
Despite the markings - I'm going with design on this one and say its Patzcuaro.
I love them and they are a full 3 inches long = how cool are they?!
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
I wanted to get a second expert opinion on my self-proclaimed Patzcuaro earrings...I asked the proprietor of OLDBEADS to ck them out - Here is his discussion -
I am pretty sure they are not typical in any way and not illustrating any particular style. The fish don't mean much anymore as far as placing where they were made as there are plateros all over Mexico using the fish image now.
And truly, coral is not that typical in Patzcuaro - there is no access to coral other than buying it from someone bringing it from the Gulf - they have generally used glass beads the colour of coral.
This is most likely a contemporary platero in Taxco who has designed their own piece - this is not tradition in any sense but a personal design. The screw on earrings are more a european style as well - most Mexican women have pierced ears, pierced when they are still babes.
So because they are marked TAXCO my expert believes, and I have to agree, that these are really Patzcuaro inspired since there is no similar documented design for these.
Despite this, they are really cool....
Thanks Silva for your time and expertise in assessing my earrings...Tia