For sale here is a BIG and quite rare vintage 1950s handmade mixed metals sterling and brass with black onyx and turquoise inlay Mexican modernist pendant necklace designed by Stella Popowski (1931-2008, USA) for the Los Castillo taller in Taxco. Incredible entirely handmade striking modernist pendant necklace that is a masterwork of Mexican modernist art in metal and stone! Popowski was a jewish emigre from Poland who fled from the Nazis in Europe by moving to Cuba with her parents and siblings in the 1940s, and then to Mexico in the 1950s. She lived and worked in Taxco in the 1950s to early 1960s and designed jewelry for Los Castillo and Antonio Pineda before opening her own studio. This pendant necklace is from her time at Los Castillo where she met and interacted with that genius of metalworking, Chato Castillo. Together they gave birth to one of the signature styles of the Mexican mid century modernist movement in Taxco incorporating his married metals (metales casados), black onyx (onix negro) inlay, and in this case in a characteristically mid century boomerang shape. Measures 3-1/4" wide by 1-3/4" tall, and hangs on a later-added handmade sterling silver neckring that will fit up to 17-1/2" neck presently but can be adjusted up or down several sizes as needed. The pendant weighs 41.6 grams, and the neckring weighs 14.2 grams total. The pendant is marked as shown, "Los Castillo Taxco Onix Negro", design number "059P", "Hecho en Mexico" and a very worn Eagle mark. The neckring is marked "925". There is also a previous owner or sellers magic-marker marking on the back next to the marks that can be removed with a bit of polishing if you desire. Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear and tarnish as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
HUGE Rare Vintage 1950s Los Castillo Stella POPOWSKI Handmade Mixed Metal Sterling Mexican Modernist Pendant NECKLACE
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