Mexican Jewelry Maker's Marks

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Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark

Héctor Aguilar

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Héctor Aguilar
Mexico
Taxco
e. 1939

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Shop Manager at Taller de las Delicias for Spratling

1939 Opened his own shop.Taller Borda. He was joined there by

  • Julio Carbajal Lopez
  • Pedro & Juan Castillo
  • Slavador Garcia
  • Hector & Alfonso Gomez
  • Luis Reyes, A former Spratling salesman.

1941

  • Valentin Vidaurreta arrived in Taxco and collaborated with Aguilar until he died.
  • Worked in elaborate floral designs that became famous.

1943

  • Awarded a jewelry production contract for the costume jewelry company, Coro.

1948

  • Opened Taller Borda jewelry retail outlet, Taxco.

1966

  • Aguilar workshops closed, Héctor retired.

1986

  • Death of Héctor Aguilar.


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Beckmann, Carmen Jewelry Maker's Mark

Carmen Beckmann

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Carmen Beckmann
Mexico
San Miguel de Allende
c.1955

Specialties

  • Purchased items from a variety of artisans to stamp with her mark and sell in her store.


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Castillo, Pedro Jewelry Maker's Mark

Pedro Castillo

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Pedro Castillo
Mexico
Taxco
e.1948

Specialties

1933

1939

1948

  • He set up a workshop in his home and singe his work PC.


Davis, Frederick Jewelry Maker's Mark

Frederick Davis

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Frederick Davis
Mexico
Mexico City
1877 - 1960

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Ex-Pat American.

1910

  • Moved to Mexico working for the Sonora News Co.
  • Collected indigenous Mexican crafts and pre-Columbian art.
  • Opened a gallery that became a magnet for Mexican artists and distinguished collectors.

Jewelry

  • One of the first to produce jewelry in the now popular Mexican style.
  • Developed design ideas for jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian art and ancient symbols.
  • Employed excellent craftsman to execute his ideas.

Materials

1933

  • Merged with Frank Sanborn to run Sanborn's, exhibiting and selling work by the finest artisans and craftsmen in Mexico.

1961

  • Death of Frederick Davis.


Dominguez, Rafael Jewelry Maker's Mark

Rafael Dominguez

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Rafael Dominguez
Mexico
Taxco
e.1943

Specialties

  • Rafael Dominguez - 1911-1980
  • Studied with Spratling
  • Owned Casa Dominguez silver and arts studio with his wive Juana.


Doris Jewelry Maker's Mark

Doris

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Doris
Mexico
Cuernavaca
1953-1971

Specialties

  • Shop in Cuernavaca


Far-Fan Jewelry Maker's Mark

Far-Fan

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Far-Fan
Mexico
Mexico City

Specialties

  • Plateria FarFan


Gallegos, Dámaso Jewelry Maker's Mark

Dámaso Gallegos

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Dámaso Gallegos
Mexico
Taxco
(1890-1980) e.1941

Specialties

Worked for

  • Héctor Aguilar c.1940
  • Married to the sister of Isidro Garcia Pina (Maricela)

1941

  • Opened LaAmatista workshop

Style

  • Floral Pins.
  • Mexican scenic bracelets.
  • Hair Clips.
  • Table and Flatware.
  • Christmas pins & earrings (machine made, hand finished.)

1976

  • Dámaso Gallegos died.
  • His son, Antonio continued the business.


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Goodspeed, Bernice Jewelry Maker's Mark

Bernice Goodspeed

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Bernice Goodspeed
Mexico
Taxco
e.1938

Specialties

  • American Cultural Antrhopologist.

1930

  • Moved to Mexico City to study.
  • Met Carl Pappe, artist.

1935

  • Married.

1938

  • Moved to Taxco.
  • Opened a studio and gallery featuring artifacts and art by Carl Pappe.
  • Added jewelry and tableware to the gallery designed by Bernice.

Inspirations

  • Indians of Central Mexico
  • Archaeological finds in Panama & Tomb 7 treasure at Monte Laban.
  • Spirals
  • Old carved stones from her collection.

1971

  • Bernice died.


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Harmon, Hubert Jewelry Maker's Mark

Hubert Harmon

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Hubert Harmon
Mexico
Taxco
c.1942-1948

Specialties

  • An American designer who worked briefly in Taxco designing silver jewelry.
  • Whimsical designs without any Mexican cultural influence.
  • Worked in brass and other metals.
  • Trained in Paris.

Worked for

  • Schiaparelli
  • Jean Patou
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Moved to Taxco c. 1942
  • Also used a Pair of Feet with Wings as a Maker's Mark.


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Ledesma, Enrique Jewelry Maker's Mark

Enrique Ledesma

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Enrique Ledesma
Mexico
Taxco
e.1950

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Trained in his father's shop in Mexico City while a student of painting and sculpture.

Worked for

1950

  • Opened his own shop.

Style

  • Incorporates silver shapes into stone then polishes them together.
  • These unique creations are then set in necklaces and bracelets.

1979

  • Death of Enrique Ledesma.


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Los Ballesteros Jewelry Maker's Mark

Los Ballesteros

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Los Ballesteros
Mexico
Taxco
e.1937 -

Specialties

  • The Ballesteros had been silversmiths for generations in Guerreo.
  • Jalil Majul Ballesteros was trained by his Grandfather and godfather in Iguala.

1937

  • Jalil started a small family operation.
  • Produced filigree in the Iguala style.

1941

  • Switched to the style of the other Taxco silversmiths and stopped making filigree.

1950s

  • Began a commercial expansion selling to tourists in their own shops in Mexico City, Acapulco, Puebla and Cuernavaca.
  • Work was farmed out ot small family workshops in Taxco. Tools, model and silver were provided and items were signed Talleres de los Ballesteros.
  • Tourist Shops Throughout Mexico.


Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark

Los Castillo

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Los Castillo
Mexico
e.1939

Specialties

  • Silversmiths
  • Designers

Founder

  • Don Antonio (Tony) Castillo de Terán
  • Brothers trained in the Spratling shop.

Early designs

  • Based on Spanish Colonial ornaments.
  • Scrolls
  • Flourishes
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Feathers

Later

1953

  • First Prize at the Sliver Fiesta for their mixed metals.


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López, Gerardo Jewelry Maker's Mark

Gerardo López

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Gerardo López
Mexico
Taxco
c.1939-c.1965

Specialties

  • Father to jewelry artisan Julio César López Heydeck.


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Maciel Jewelry Maker's Mark

Maciel

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Maciel
Mexico
Mexico City

Specialties

  • Prominent Mexico City Silversmith.


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Margot de Taxco Jewelry Maker's Mark

Margot de Taxco

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Margot de Taxco
Mexico
Taxco
e.1948

Specialties

Founder Margot Van Vorhies Carr
1937

  • Arrived in Mexico City from America.
  • Met & Married Antonio Castillo of Los Castillo, moving to Taxco.

1948

  • Divorced
  • Opened a workshop and retail outlet.
  • Inventory #s for silver 5100-5707
  • for enamel 5109-5922

Specialized c.1955

Style

  • Heavily influenced by Art Deco and Art Nouveau.
  • Fascinated by Japanese art.
  • She designed everything they produced.
  • She produced a lot of suites and convertible jewelry.

Employed

  • Miguel Arias
  • Hilario Lopez
  • Miguel Melendez
  • Melicio Rodriguez
  • Jaime Quiroz

Process

  • Margot drew out each design and specified how it was to be produced.
  • Steel dies were made in her workshop and all pieces were stamped out from them.
  • Workers assembled, enameled, polished and completed the pieces.

1975

  • Margot's death


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Martinez, Filipe Jewelry Maker's Mark

Piedra y Plata

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Piedra y Plata
Mexico
Taxco
e.1950

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer

1950

  • Filipe Martinez opened Piedra y Plata.
  • Had a special interest in gemstones, setting them simply in unusual ways.
  • Sculptural designs with a sense of movement.


Matl Jewelry Maker's Mark

Matl

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Matl
Mexico
Mexico City
e.1934

Specialties

  • Silversmiths
  • Designers
  • Attended the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
  • Matilde Eugenia Poulat & Ricardo Salas

Style

1960

  • Matilde's death.
  • Shop taken over by her nephew, Ricardo Salas.
  • His style was flatter and less decorated than Matilde's.
  • After 1960 jewelry marked MS-12 Matl with Ricardo Salas' signature.

2007

  • Ricardo Salas Poulat died.


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Melendez, Emma Jewelry Maker's Mark

Emma Melendez

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Emma Melendez
Mexico
Taxco
1953-1971 e.1953

Specialties

Artisans represented include

  • Johny Melendez
  • Emma Melendez
  • Del Rio
  • Jose Luis Flores
  • Miguel Garcia Martinez
  • Victor Jaimez
  • Francisco Rivera

Style

  • Technically flawless designs that work smoothly.
  • Uses of oxidation on backgrounds.


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Melendez, Miguel Jewelry Maker's Mark

Miguel Melendez

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Miguel Melendez
Mexico
Taxco

Specialties

  • Apprentice at Las Delicias under Don Antonio (Los Castillo)

1940

Specialized


Melendez, Rafael Jewelry Maker's Mark

Rafael Melendez

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Rafael Melendez
Mexico
Taxco
(1911-1980)

Specialties

1939

  • Opened his own taller, Plateria Melendez.
  • Most items produced in .980 silver.


Pineda, Antonio Jewelry Maker's Mark

Antonio Pineda

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Antonio Pineda
Mexico
Taxco
(1919 - 2009) e.1941

Specialties

  • Silversmith
  • Designer
  • Born in Taxco, Mexico and studied sculpture and painting.
  • Apprentice to the Taller de Las Delicias under William Spratling.

1941

  • Founded his own workshop called Antonio.

1946

  • Exhibited at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor with Margaret De Patta, Georg Jensen.

1956

  • Opened a second workshop to meet the expanding needs of his clientele.

Style

  • Large size, clean lines with hollow construction.
  • Unique settings, joins and joints.
  • Evolved to be one of the most technically adept silversmiths in Taxco.

2009

  • Death at age 90.


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Pineda, Sigfrido Jewelry Maker's Mark

Sigreido "Sigi" Pineda

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Sigreido "Sigi" Pineda
Mexico
Taxco - Mexico City - San Miguel de Allende
1953-c.1975

Specialties

1950

1952

  • Opened "Plateros" (quickly changed to Sigi to identify with him.)
  • For several years Sigi wandered from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City and back to Taxco setting up workshops.

Style

  • Modernist


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Piña, Isidro Garcia Jewelry Maker's Mark

Isidro Garcia Piña

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Isidro Garcia Piña
Mexico
Taxco
e.1943 closed 1986

Specialties

  • Named his taller for his daughter, Maricela.
  • Became a silversmith by training with his brother-in-law, Damaso Gallegos.
  • Worked in .950 silver.

Style

  • Circular with floral elements.
  • Vines
    Pre-Columbian motifs.
  • Spirals & pinwheels.
  • Naturalistic silver orchids.
  • Scrolls.


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Reveri Jewelry Maker's Mark

Reveri

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Reveri
Mexico
Taxco
e.1952-1989

Specialties

Founders: Reveriano & Maria Castillo

1952

  • Reveriano and Maria opened Reveri.
  • Maria was the designer and Reveriano the silversmith.

Style

  • Smooth jewelry without much patterning.
  • Mixed metal flatware.


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Salvador Jewelry Maker's Mark

Salvador

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Salvador
Mexico
Taxco & Mexico City
e.1952

Specialties

Founder: Salvador Vaca Terán, e.1952
1934

1939

  • Left Spratling and worked with his cousins, the Los Castillo family, for 15 years (under their signature.)

1952

  • Opened a workshop in Mexico City, employing 25 silversmiths.

Style

  • Pierced shaped over a shadowbox motif.
  • Extensive use of overlapping planes.
  • Modernist Designs.
  • Mosaics.


Sanborn's Jewelry Maker's Mark

Sanborn's

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Sanborn's
Mexico
Mexico City
1930-

Specialties

  • Mexico City department store selling silver, antiques and souvenirs.

1933

  • Fred Davis Left the Sonora News Compny and partnered with Frank Sanborn.
  • Davis was manager of Sanborn's for over 20 years.
  • Silver items were produced in a European style for Sanborn along with Fred Davis designs marked FD.
  • Valentin Vidaurreta produced jewelry for Sanborn's.

1950

  • Fred Davis retired from Sanborn's.


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Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark

William Spratling

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William Spratling
Mexico
Taxco
fl.1925-45

Specialties

  • Teacher in the Architecture Department at Tulane University.
  • Silversmith
  • Designer

1925

  • Traveled to Mexico to study Spanish Colonial architecture.
  • Made his first visit to Taxco and decided to live there.

1929

  • Moved to Mexico.
  • Invested it in a house in Taxco, near the silver mining region of Mexico.
  • Spratling created a jewelry workshop in Taxco.
  • Silver was not the usual jewelry material in Mexico and workers needed to be trained.
  • Created an apprenticeship system, training many who would later be famous in their own right.
  • Used native materials such as amethyst, turquoise and rosewood in his designs.

1935

  • Moved to a larger shop to accommodate the large number of tourists coming in on the improved roadways.
  • Sold furniture, rugs, wood and tin articles along with his silver jewelry.

1944

  • Went to Alaska at the invitation of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
  • Created 200 designs based on Alaskan motifs.
  • Trained Alaskans in Taxco and sent them back to train others.

1946

  • Spratling y Artisanos had 422 workers.
    • Hundreds of small shops were opened by men trained in Spratling workshops.

1967

  • Spratling died.
  • Alberto Ulrich purchased the estate and continued to produce jewelry under the name "Sucesores de William Spratling S.A."
  • Spratling was known throughout Mexico as the "Father of Mexican Silver."


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Tane Jewelry Maker's Mark

Tane

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Tane
Mexico
Mexico City
e.1953-Current

Specialties

Founder: Pedro Leitese, 1953-Current

  • Large commercial operation with a workshop and foundry in Mexico City.
  • Workshop in Tlalpujahua, Michoacan with 90 craftsmen.
  • Silversmithing school in Zacatecas.

1942

  • Founded by Sergio & Natalia Leites, French immigrants.
  • Originally they made leather bags - tannerie, thus the name.

1953

  • Joined by José and Rosa Vilner who produced pre-conquest style designs.
  • Sold items to Tiffany.


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Tapia, Ezequiel Jewelry Maker's Mark

Ezequiel Tapia

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Ezequiel Tapia
Mexico
Taxco
b.(1935- )

Specialties

  • From a stone cutting family living near Taxco.
  • Worked with his father producing pre-Hispanic reproduction sculptures.
  • Won many awards.

1961

  • Began to work in silver.
  • Opened Casa Tapia in his home.



Thomas, Janna Jewelry Maker's Mark

Janna Thomas

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Janna Thomas
Mexico
Taxco
c.1940-1980

Specialties

  • New York City designer with a workshop in Taxco, employing Taxco trained silversmiths.

1965-1980



Victoria Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Victoria - Ana Nuñez Brilanti
Mexico
Taxco
e.1940-1978

Specialties

  • Fine arts instructor at an industrial arts school in Mexico City.

1940

  • Launched "Victoria" workshop.
  • Necklace commissioned for Eleanor Roosevelt by friends (collar de abanicos) became one of her most popular pieces.

1953

  • New workshop for her daughter and son-in-law named Cony and signed Victoria, Cony.

Style

  • Worked in mixed metals & .980 silver (marked .925 by Mexican law.)
  • Silver and copper combination with no backing so the front and back look the same.
  • Early electroplating of silver on copper.

Produced

  • Coffee & tea sets
  • Lamps
  • Pitchers
  • Boxes
  • Jewelry

Design Elements

  • Stylized flowers
  • Animals
  • Fish
  • Nature
  • Pre-Columbian motifs.
  • Unacceptable work was destroyed by the silversmith who made it.


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Vidaurreta, Valentin Jewelry Maker's Mark

Valentin Vidaurreta

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Valentin Vidaurreta
Mexico
Mexico City c. 1941 Taxco
e.1935-1955

Specialties

  • Wealthy aristocrat who became an artist, amature horticulturist and silversmith.

Designs

Designed for

  • Fred Davis at Sanborn's.
  • Taller Borda.
  • Spratling, possibly.
  • His work was often signed by the workshop producing the design rather than with Vidaurreta's own mark.


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Villasana, Alfredo Jewelry Maker's Mark

Alfredo Villasana

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Alfredo Villasana
Mexico
Taxco

Specialties

Worked for

1950s

  • Opened his own taller.

Style


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