Set in a substantial “honeycomb” sterling silver frame the “mask” in this vintage Los Ballesteros pendant is carved out of azurite and like all Mexican “masks” of this type seems as if withdrawn to a different plane of existence. I have had a few pendants by this specific workshop in my years of dealing in Taxco jewelry and it is my experience that the “masks” are always different, even if ever so slightly. What remains a constant is the quality and heft of the silver work housing them and the imposing presence the pendants command not only because of their proportions but also due to the cleverly applied oxidation which enhances their three-dimensional quality. The example at hand is paired with a hand-made double rolo chain; of the same period as the pendant yet made by a different Taxco maestro it is a find in itself…
Size/Weight: pendant is 2 3/4″ tall (without the bail) by 2 1/2″ wide; with the bail, it adds a 3 3/8″ to the chain; chain itself is 29″ long; 90.4 grams (for the set)
Hallmarks / Date: pendant signed with the Los Ballesteros logo as well as Eagle 42 assay mark; chain bears maker’s initials “MJM” as well as “MEXICO 925” and Eagle 1 assay mark; 1950s-60s
Condition: excellent vintage with a beautifully carved mask, saturated color in the azurite, great patina and very generous proportions, with no damage and no repairs noted in either the pendant or the chain
SOLD – Thank you!