rare Carmen Beckmann Mexican mixed metals and ancient clay mask Pendant Necklace

on Feb 14, 2019 in archived

I love vintage Mexican silver jewelry that incorporate ancient artifacts in them and even though I don’t have the expertise to identify them as Aztec or Maya or belonging to any of the other Mesoamerican civilizations, I am thrilled to present here a very rare Carmen Beckmann mixed metals figural pendant which belongs in that category. I am used to similar pieces bearing the signature of the Los Castillo or Victoria (Ana Nunez de Brilanti, that is). I have even had a couple of anonymous examples yet I would not have expected one with Beckmann’s signature. Yet here it is, beautifully modernist – even edgy, I would say – fluidly articulated, combining sterling and copper with an ancient clay mask head and two beads in lieu of hands…


Size/Weight: pendant is  3  3/4” tall by 2” wide (at its widest); chain is 17″ long; 57.4 grams

Hallmarks / Date: pendant fully signed with Beckmann’s signature as well as “STERLING MEXICO”; chain is by a different maker and marked “TAXCO 925”; 1960s probably for the pendant while the chain could be pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a very edgy combination of minimalist design and ancient artifacts, no damage nor any repairs noted – a truly one of a kind pendant necklace


SOLD – Thank you!

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