Stunning Exquisite Abalone & Alpaca Pitcher Circa 1950's Mexico
A beautifully crafted pitcher handcrafted in Mexico, circa 1950's. It is comprised of exquisitely hued abalone shells set against an alpaca silver body.
It's likely from the studio of Salvador Terán, a noted Mexican designer & silversmith who trained with WIlliam Spratling at his Las Delicias taller (workshop). Terán left Spratling with his cousins in 1939 to establish Los Castillo where he worked for 13 years before establishing his own taller in Mexico City in 1952, employing at it's peak 25 silversmiths. His innovative designs, sold through La India Bonita, received immediate public recognition for their excellence in design and craftsmanship.
It measures 8 1/4" h x 5.5" w at the base (6" w inc. handle)
*Alpaca is an alloy of copper, nickel & sometimes zinc or iron with a beautiful silver appearance.