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Los Castillo Vintage Figural Open Mouth Catch All Mixed Metals Mid Century Taxco

February 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Collectibles, Ebay, Photography

Los Castillo Sculpture

This modern mid-century Los Castillo piece is wonderfully inventive… a whimsical head on 3 ball feet with wide open mouth. It was probably intended to be an easy to carry around ashtray as it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It would be a fun-to-use jewelry holder, trinket tray or catch-all. It is a mixed metal masterpiece. The main part is brass with copper lips, nose fin, and ball feet… the eyes and teeth are silver with black patina. It measures approximately 3″ wide; 2-3/4″ front to back and 2-1/2″ high. There are a few small spots of oxidation/darkening on the brass and slight wear to black in eyes but it is basically in very good vintage condition.

Of course the metal can be polished if so desired BUT: a warning: don’t try to polish the black areas or they will come off. This is a liver of sulphur patina applied by the artist and it can be destroyed by using harsh cleaners and polish. I have seen other pieces like this one that have been ruined in this way. For sale on FindGreatStuff.

Tabletop dramatic setup for Los Castillo Sculpture on reflective black tile

Tabletop dramatic setup for Los Castillo Sculpture on reflective black tile. Go to this expanded tabletop setup.

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