Matilde Poulat Rosary
Matilde Poulat Rosary: This amazing Vintage Mexican Silver Renaissance Rosary was made and signed by Matilde “Matl” Poulat. Poulat began creating jewelry in 1934 in Taxco, Mexico and her design style was both uniquely baroque and intricate, as seen in the design of this fabulous rosary. This rosary has a large silver cross with turquoise and coral measuring 5″L x 3-1/4″W and hanging on a center medallion with more coral and turquoise and handmade large sterling silver beads. The entire rosary hangs at 35-1/2″ in length.
International Artist: Matilde “Matl” Poulat
Educated as an artist and designer, Matilde Poulat, known by “Matl”, turned her talented hands to jewelry making a 1934. “Matl” is the signature on her jewelry – a combination of her name and the Aztec word “atl”, meaning water.
Her pieces are unique baroque forms with delicate texture detailing repousse work with hand chasing. The pieces are often channel set with a multitude of tiny coral and turquoise stones and feature her signature palomas (doves) in the design.
In art school Poulat befriended Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo become a collector of Poulat’s jewelry. Poulat’s work is the most famous and intricate that the Mexican Silver Renaissance has ever produced.
Poulat trained her nephew, Ricardo Salas, as a jeweler and they worked side by side for years. After her death in 1960, he continued to run the shop and create pieces in the Matl style. Today, Omar Gabriel Tadeo Juárez, fourth generation in the Poulat family, continues the Matl jewelry-making tradition.