Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver “cosmos” or “cage” Necklace

on Jul 18, 2018 in archived

One of my favorite Antonio Pineda necklaces and a stunning modernist design at that, the “cosmos” is often referred to as the “cage” as well. It seems that Antonio himself intended its name to be the former, “cosmos”, which is the Greek word for both “the world” as well as “adornment” – and it makes sense, don’t you think? As opposed to a “cage” which by definition denotes restriction of movement and rigidity, the necklace at hand is so comfortable to wear and because of the way it is articulated, sits beautifully around the neck. The design’s minimalism is tempered by the lusciousness of its curves and the architecturality of the silver “ties” that help the festoon design take shape…


Size/Weight: approx. 17″ in inner circumference (might even be 17  1/2″ but it’s difficult to measure exactly); width of central swag is 1  1/2″while at the back the width goes down to 1/2″ with the “tie” within which the clasp hides; 125.0 grams (on a postal scale)

Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with the same combination of marks described on p. 126 of Stromberg’s, Silver Seduction; The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda (this was the catalogue for Pineda’s retrospective exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in 2008-09); 1960s

Condition: excellent vintage with a most captivating presence, having great patina, with no damage or repairs noted



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