This is a beautiful MATL candelaria for the most discriminating collector. A museum-quality collectible and a gorgeous statement piece.
Made by Ricardo Salas, nephew of the famous Matilde Poulat of Mexico City, this vintage candelaria measures 8.5" tall and 6.25" wide across the top. The base measures 2 5/8" in diameter.
Weighing a stunning 360 grams, this sterling silver piece features intricate scrollwork, detailed roses and birds.
Decorated with a multitude of bezel-set turquoise, purple amethyst and red coral gemstones, all stones are intact and without cracks. A few of the amethyst stones show minor wear along the edges.
The amethyst stones show natural inclusions and the turquoise stones range from blue to green, displaying the natural aging process of turquoise.
The sterling silver has a wonderful patina and the Virgin Mary's face is made of bone.
This candelaria is signed on the back and according to Bille Hougart's "Little Book of Mexican Silver," the silver marks date to the 1980s. (Please see close-up pics for detail.)
It is in excellent condition with minor, age-related wear. The only issue to note is the slight tilt from the base (the upper and lower pieces are attached by a screw) and this is clearly visible in pic #7. It should be an easy adjustment with the proper skill, but we will leave that decision to the buyer.
A very rare piece and a lovely ceremonial display for any collection.
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Sterling Silver MATL Signed Large Virgin Mary Amethyst, Turquoise & Coral Religious Candelaria Sculpture