An extremely rare Antonio Pineda necklace this modernist beauty I am presenting here is wrought in his favorite fine .970 silver alloy, oxidized in the design's recesses and embellished with ten gorgeous, luminous soft white pearls. Cascading from an elaborate knot that forms the necklace's central station, the pearls rest graciously on the collar bone and they look fantastic against a black background. Shown on p. 147 in "Silver Seduction", the official catalogue for Pineda's retrospective exhibition at UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2008, the necklace is one of those designs that appear very rarely and, in my opinion, should be considered a treasured find. Elegant, expressive of Antonio's genius yet freed from the bulkiness that characterizes some of his creations, the necklace is articulated and crafted in such a way as to gingerly sit rather than lie on the neckline - just like a ballerina softly touching the ground... The necklace measures 16 1/2" long (wearable). The knot with pearls cascade adds a 3 1/2" drop to the "ribbon" part with the knot being 1 1/8" wide. It weighs 65.0 grams (on a postal scale) and is fully signed with Antonio's crown as shown as well as "970 TAXCO", "HECHO EN MEXICO" and Eagle 3 assay mark. It dates in the 1950s-60s and is in
excellent vintage condition with fantastic patina, classically elegant, with all its pearls present and securely set in their bezels, with their nacre in great shape and no damage nor any repairs noted; some of the silver pearl stems are not entirely straight but this is to be expected and easily remedied, should it bother you.