549: Emilia Castillo Silver Overlay Pottery Bowl Mexico
Mottled green bowl featuring Nouveau-style vines and foliage with dragonflies in silver overlay by home decor and jewelry designer Emilia Castillo, pottery with silver overlay, Mexico, 1994; marked on bottom in silver overlay EMILIA CASTILLO M.R / PLATA PURA / MEXICO 94 / 10. "Daughter of the famous Mexican silversmith Antonio Castillo, home decor and jewelry designer Emilia Castillo has a following and reputation that spans the globe...She developed a patented technique of fusing pure silver to porcelain, a beautiful and unique result that is a signature of her pieces. Emilia gets her inspiration from the natural surroundings at her ranch in Taxco...All of Emilia║s pieces are made of natural materials such as lapis lazuli, jasper, turquoise ,malachite, onyx , porcelain and of course Silver. Each is functional art that is meant to be used. All are crafted in the workshop there at the ranch. There are no mechanized processes. All pieces bearing the ╦milia Castillo signature on the bottom are all hand made. The process to create each piece is extremely time intensive and laborious, taking sometimes up to three weeks to complete... Her designs have garnered numerous national awards and are sought by collectors worldwide...Under Pope John Paul II, Emilia was commissioned by the Catholic church of Mexico to design and create a 6 foot silver cross depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe. That work now stands at the Vatican." Dimensions: 3-3/8"H x 9-1/2" diameter
Excellent, minor soiling.