Giles Mexican Deco silver and turquoise Pendant Necklace ~ massive carved “warrior mask”

on May 9, 2020 in archived

Not much is known about maestro (N) Giles of Taxco. It seems that many of his pieces were sold at Plateria Rancho Alegre and since, according to Bille Hougart, not all of his jewelry was signed, a good part of his work might have been lost to us. It only takes a look at the “mask’s” elaborate headdress, however, to realize that Giles was one of the accomplished maestros of his time. Bold, with intense features, the “Aztec warrior” is carved out of turquoise with rich veining that has been glazed once the carving was completed. Paired with a hefty, hand-made sterling silver chain the pendant is massive and, in my opinion, a work of wearable art. What impresses me more is the effect the veining in the stone has on the way the piece presents. The face looks as if behind cracked glass; as if it shatters time and space to reach the modern world from the other end of the universe…


Size/Weight: 3  3/4” tall by 2” wide for the pendant; 26” long for the chain; 103.1 grams (for the set)

Hallmarks / Date: “GILES TASCO”, “MEXICO” and “STERLING 925” on pendant; pre-1948 / chain has registration code “TO-28” and “MEXICO 925”; post-1980

Condition: very good vintage with one of the nicest carvings of the period I have seen, great work in the repousse headdress, a substantial, beautiful chain and very good patina; I suspect that, initially, the warrior had an earring – remnants of a tiny little silver pin to which the earring was attached are visible – but I decided that having it replaced without knowing what it looked like to begin with, would be too much of an intervention



SOLD – Thank you!

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