Gerardo Lopez is one of my favorite early Taxco maestros and the necklace of silver, copper and abalone I am presenting here is truly sublime. Though we don’t know very much about him, I would not be surprised if he had worked for the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco talleres since his jewelry is not only often based on designs produced by the former but is also always characterized by the same high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and materials. A master of repoussage as is obvious here in the sculpturality of the copper Maya masks, he was equally ingenious in his combination of materials with shimmering “peacock” abalone inlay underscoring here the warm patina of the necklace’s sterling links…
Size/Weight: just shy of 15″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 15 1/4″; easily lengthened with an extension chain – one can be provided upon request); masks part is 7 1/4″ long with the masks graduating in height between 2″ for the largest and 1 1/4″ for the smallest; 58.4 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO” and badly stamped Eagle assay mark; 1950s
Condition: excellent vintage with amazing workmanship, perfect finishing, some of the most sculptural masks I have seen and richly colored abalone; no damage and no repairs noted – a wearable piece of art
SOLD – Thank you!