Tiny and perfect. So much detail.
Sterling silver brooch, almost a pin really, featuring an antelope type deer animal jumping in a scene of mountains and foliage native to South Africa.
It's signed 'CANDIDA' on the back and 'STERSILV'.
Joe Calafato used the CANDIDA mark between the years of 1947 and 1972 .
Joe Calafato (1912 -1991) was one of the most important silversmiths in South Africa. He was also called “the king of silver”. He was born on the 10th of July 1912, Giuseppe Leonardo Calafato (to Sicilian parents) in Mozambique, in the 1920's the family moved to Johannesburg. Here he did his apprenticeship under Jack Friedman - a well known local jewellery manufacturer of his time. From April 1938 until June 1945, he worked for the South African Mint in the capacity of Jeweller and Silversmith in the Medal and Badge Department. He started his own business in 1947, first with a number of partners and eventually on his own. He sold his business in 1984 and after a long battle with cancer of the oesophagus he died in 1991 at the age of 79.
Early in his career his designs followed the trends in Europe but later his inspirations shifted to African and wildlife images.
During his career as an independent creative silversmith, he used a lot of maker's marks. He started using the name 'Candida' as his first maker's mark (1947-1972), later, he used a number of marks including Carina, Velia, JC, Dawu and Joe Calafato.
2.5 cm diameter
Very good condition.
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