Vintage Knot Design Necklace / Brooch, c. 1950
by Margot de Taxco (Margot Van Voorhies Carr) (1896-1986)
Sterling silver with oxidized design, detachable silver chain to convert into brooch
14” long, brooch: 2” h x 2.75” w
Provenance: The Collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh
Margot van Voorhies Carr, professionally known as Margot de Taxco, was a major contributor to attaining worldwide attention to the silver jewelry of Taxco, Mexico.
Margot first came to Mexico in 1937, and soon met and married renowned Taxco silversmith Don Antonio Castillo of Los Castillo. 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 struck 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 that could be adapted to either silver or enamel. Her clients included such Hollywood celebrities as John Wayne and Lana Turner, who visited Margot’s Taxco silver shop every year.