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==Aguilar, Héctor==
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|<center>Héctor Aguilar<br/>e.1939<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:&bull; Shop Manager at ''Taller de las Delicias'' for [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]].
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:; 1939
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::&bull; Opened his own shop.''Taller Borda''. He was joined there by:
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:::&bull; Julio Carbajal Lopez
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:::&bull; Pedro & Juan Castillo
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:::&bull; Slavador Garcia
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:::&bull; Hector & Alfonso Gomez
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:::&bull; Luis Reyes, A former Spratling salesman.
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:; 1941
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::&bull; Valentin Vidaurreta arrived in Taxco and collaborated with Aguilar until he died.
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::&bull; Worked in elaborate floral designs that became famous.
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:; 1943
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::&bull; Awarded a jewelry production contract for the costume jewelry company, Coro.
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:; 1948
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::&bull; Opened ''Taller Borda'' jewelry retail outlet, Taxco.
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:; 1966
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::&bull; Aguilar workshops closed, Héctor retired.
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:; 1986
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::&bull; Death of Héctor Aguilar.
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{{:Beckmann, Carmen Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Castillo, Pedro Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Beckmann, Carmen==
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|<center>Carmen Beckmann<br/>c.1955<br/></center>
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|<center>San Miguel de Allende, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Purchased items from a variety of artisans to stamp with her mark and sell in her store.
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{{:Davis, Frederick Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Dominguez, Rafael Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Castillo, Pedro==
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|<center>PC</center>
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|<center>Pedro Castillo<br/>e.1948-<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:; 1933
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::&bull; Apprentice with [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]].
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;; 1939
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::&bull; Left Spratling with [[Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark|Héctor Aguilar]] and worked 9 years at ''Taller Borda''.
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:; 1948
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::&bull; He set up a workshop in his home and singe his work PC.
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{{:Doris Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Far-Fan Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Davis, Frederick==
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|<center>Frederick Davis<br/>(1877 - 1960)<br/></center>
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|<center>Mexico City<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:&bull; Ex-Pat American.
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:; 1910
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::&bull; Moved to Mexico working for the ''Sonora News Co.''
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:&bull; Collected indigenous Mexican crafts and pre-Columbian art.
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:&bull; Opened a gallery that became a magnet for Mexican artists and distinguished collectors.
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:; Jewelry
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::&bull; One of the first to produce jewelry in the now popular Mexican style.
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::&bull; Developed design ideas for jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian art and ancient symbols.
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::&bull; Employed excellent craftsman to execute his ideas.
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:; Materials
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::&bull; Native Mexican [[silver]].
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::&bull; Carved [[obsidian]] heads.
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::&bull; Excavated stone carvings and [[seal]]s.
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:; 1933
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::&bull; Merged with Frank Sanborn to run [[Sanborn's Jewelry Maker's Mark|Sanborn's]], exhibiting and selling work by the finest artisans and craftsmen in Mexico.
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:; 1961
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::&bull; Death of Frederick Davis.
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{{:Gallegos, Dámaso Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Garcia, Ysidro Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
==Dominguez, Rafael==
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{{:Goodspeed, Bernice Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
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|<center>RD within a circle.</center>
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|<center>Rafael Dominguez<br/>(1911-1980)<br/>e.1943</center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Studied with [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]]
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:&bull; Owned ''Casa Dominguez'' silver and arts studio with his wive Juana.
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{{:Harmon, Hubert Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Ledesma, Enrique Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Doris==
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|<center>Doris<br/>1953-1971<br/>Corpus Artisans</center>
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|<center>Cuernavaca, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Shop in Cuernavaca.
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{{:López, Gerardo Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Los Ballesteros Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Far-Fan==
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|<center>Far-Fan<br/>?<br/></center>
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|<center>Mexico City, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Plateria FarFan
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{{:Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Maciel Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Gallegos, Dámaso==
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|<center>DG (script) within a circle</center>
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|<center>Dámaso Gallegos<br/>(1890-1980)<br/>e.1941</center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:; Worked for
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::&bull; [[Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark|Héctor Aguilar]] c.1940
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:&bull; Married to the sister of Isidro Garcia Pina (Maricela)
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:; 1941
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::&bull; Opened ''LaAmatista'' workshop
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:; Style
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::&bull; Floral Pins.
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::&bull; Mexican scenic bracelets.
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::&bull; Hair Clips.
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::&bull; Table and Flatware.
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::&bull; Christmas pins & earrings (machine made, hand finished.)
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:; 1976
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::&bull; Dámaso Gallegos died.
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::&bull; His son, Antonio continued the business.
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{{:Margot de Taxco Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Martinez, Filipe Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Garcia, Ysidro==
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|<center>Ysidro Garcia<br/>e.1943<br/>closed 1986</center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Shop named ''Maricela'' after Ysidro's daughter.
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:; Style
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::&bull; Naturalistic silver orchids.
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::&bull; Scrolls.
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{{:Melendez, Emma Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Goodspeed, Bernice==
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|<center>"B" inscribe in a circle or surrounded by Taxco, Mexico</center>
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|<center>Bernice Goodspeed<br/>e.1938<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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::&bull; American Cultural Antrhopologist.
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:; 1930
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:&bull; Moved to Mexico City to study.
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:&bull; Met Carl Pappe, artist.
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:; 1935
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:&bull; Married.
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:; 1938
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::&bull; Moved to Taxco.
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::&bull; Opened a studio and gallery featuring artifacts and art by Carl Pappe.
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::&bull; Added jewelry and tableware to the gallery designed by Bernice.
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:; Inspirations
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::&bull; Indians of Central Mexico
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::&bull; Archaeological finds in Panama & Tomb 7 treasure at Monte Laban.
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::&bull; Spirals
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::&bull; Old carved stones from her collection.
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:; 1971
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::&bull; Bernice died.
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{{:Melendez, Miguel Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Piña, Isidro Garcia Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Harmon, Hubert==
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|<center>Pair of Feet with Wings</center>
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|<center>Hubert Harmon<br/>c.1942-1948<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; An American designer who worked briefly in Taxco designing silver jewelry.
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:&bull; Whimsical designs without any Mexican cultural influence.
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:&bull; Worked in brass and other metals.
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:&bull; Trained in Paris.
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:; Worked for
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::&bull; Schiaparelli
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::&bull; Jean Patou
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::&bull; Elizabeth Arden
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:&bull; Moved to Taxco c. 1942
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{{:Pineda, Antonio Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Pineda, Sigfrido Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Ledesma, Enrique==
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|<center>Enrique Ledesma<br/>e.1950<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:&bull; Trained in his father's shop in Mexico City while a student of painting and sculpture.
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:; Worked for
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::&bull; [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]]
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::&bull; [[Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark|Aguilar]]
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::&bull; [[Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillo]]
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:; 1950
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::&bull; Opened his own shop.
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:; Style
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::&bull; Incorporates silver shapes into stone then polishes them together.
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::&bull; These unique creations are then set in necklaces and bracelets.
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:; 1979
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::&bull; Death of Enrique Ledesma.
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{{:Reveri Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
==López, Gerardo==
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{{:Salvador Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
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|<center>LOPEZ TAXCO in oval.</center>
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|<center>Gerardo López<br/>c.1939-c.1965<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Father to jewelry artisan Julio César López Heydeck.
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{{:Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Los Ballesteros==
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|<center>LB (script)</center>
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|<center>Los Ballesteros<br/>e.1937 -<br/>Alleres de Los Ballesteros</center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/>Tourist Shops Throughout Mexico<br/></center>
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::&bull; The Ballesteros had been silversmiths for generations in Guerreo.
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::&bull; Jalil Majul Ballesteros was trained by his Grandfatherand godfather in Iguala.
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:; 1937
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::&bull; Jalil started a small family operation.
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::&bull; Produced [[filigree]] in the Iguala style.
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:; 1941
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::&bull; Switched to the style of the other Taxco silversmiths and stopped making filigree.
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:; 1950s
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::&bull; Began a commercial expansion selling to tourists in their own shops in Mexico City, Acapulco, Puebla and Cuernavaca.
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::&bull; Work was farmed out ot small family workshops in Taxco. Tools, model and silver were provided and items were signed ''Talleres de los Ballesteros''.
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{{:Tapia, Ezequiel Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
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{{:Thomas, Janna Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
  
==Los Castillo==
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{{:Victoria Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
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|<center></center>
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|<center>Don Antonio (Tony) Castillo de Terán<br/>e.1939<br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmiths
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:&bull; Designers
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::&bull; Brothers trained in the Spratling shop.
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:; Early designs
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::&bull; Based on Spanish Colonial ornaments.
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::&bull; Scrolls
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::&bull; Flourishes
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::&bull; Fish
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::&bull; Flowers
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::&bull; Feathers
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:; Later
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::&bull; Ancient pre-Hispanic motifs and techniques.
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::&bull; [[Turquoise]], [[malachite]], [[chrysoprase]] and abalone shell [[inlay]] and [[mosaic]].
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::&bull; Developed techniques in mixed metals caled ''metales casados.''
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:; 1953
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::&bull; First Prize at the Sliver Fiesta for their mixed metals.
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{{:Villasana, Alfredo Jewelry Maker's Mark}}
==Maciel==
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|<center>Maciel<br/><br/></center>
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|<center>Mexico City, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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::&bull; Prominent Mexico City Silversmith.
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==Margot de Taxco==
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|<center>Margot de Taxco<br/>Inventory #s for silver 5100-5707<br/>for enamel 5109-5922</center>
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|<center>Margot Van Vorhies Carr<br/>e.1948<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:; 1937
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::&bull; Arrived in Mexico City from America.
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::&bull; Met & Married Antonio Castillo of [[Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillo]], moving to Taxco.
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:; 1948
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::&bull; Divorced
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::&bull; Opened a workshop and retail outlet.
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:; Specialized c.1955
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::&bull; Silver and [[enamel]]
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::&bull; Perfected a [[champlevé]] [[enamel]] on silver technique first developed by Reveriano Castillo & Miguel Melendez.
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:; Style
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::&bull; Heavily influenced by [[Art Deco]] and [[Art Nouveau]].
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::&bull; Fascinated by Japanese art.
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::&bull; She designed everything they produced.
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::&bull; She produced a lot of suites and convertible jewelry.
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:; Employed
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::&bull; Miguel Arias
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::&bull; Hilario Lopez
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::&bull; [[Melendez, Miguel Jewelry Maker's Mark|Miguel Melendez]]
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::&bull; Melicio Rodriguez
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::&bull; Jaime Quiroz
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::&bull; Margot drew out each design and specified how it was to be produced.
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::&bull; Steel dies were made in her workshop and all pieces were stamped out from them.
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::&bull; Workers assembled, enameled, polished and completed the pieces.
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:; 1975
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::&bull; Margot's death
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==Martinez, Filipe==
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|<center>''Piedra y Plata''<br/>Martinez</center>
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|<center>Filipe Martinez<br/>e.1950<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:; 1950
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::&bull; Opened ''Piedra y Plata''.
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::&bull; Had a special interest in gemstones, setting them simply in unusual ways.
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::&bull; Sculptural designs with a sense of movement.
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==Matl==
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|<center>MATL<br/>MATL  Salas<br/>Eagle 129<br/>After 1960 MS-12 Matl with Ricardo Salas signature.</center>
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|<center>Matilde Eugenia Poulat<br/>Ricardo Salas<br/>e.1934<br/></center>
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|<center>Mexico City<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Silversmith
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:&bull; Designer
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:&bull; Attended the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
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::&bull; Intricate, textured details.
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::&bull; Floral, shell and bird shapes along with religious motifs.
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::&bull; Heavy wire with coils and loops - [[filigree]].
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::&bull; [[Chasing]] and [[repousse]].
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::&bull; [[Channel set]] [[coral]] and [[turquoise]].
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:; 1960
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::&bull; Matilde's death.
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::&bull; Shop taken over by her nephew, Ricardo Salas.
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==Melendez, Emma==
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|<center>EMMA<br/>1953-1971<br/>Some designers signed their initials along with the EMMa mark.</center>
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|<center>Emma Melendez<br/>e.1953<br/></center>
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|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
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:&bull; Niece of Rafael Melendez.
+
:&bull; Opened her own taller in 1953.
+
:; Artisans represented include
+
::&bull; Johny Melendez
+
::&bull; Emma Melendez
+
::&bull; Del Rio
+
::&bull; Jose Luis Flores
+
::&bull; Miguel Garcia Martinez
+
::&bull; Victor Jaimez
+
::&bull; Francisco Rivera
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Technically flawless designs that work smoothly.
+
::&bull; Uses of oxidation on backgrounds.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
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+
==Melendez, Miguel==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
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+
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+
|<center></center>
+
|<center>Miguel Melendez<br/><br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Apprentice at Las Delicias under Don Antonio (Los Castillo)
+
:;1940
+
::&bull; Joined [[Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillo]].
+
:; Specialized
+
::&bull;[[Enamel]]
+
::&bull;[[Repoussé]]
+
:&bull;Left with Margot to join her at [[Margot de Taxco Jewelry Maker's Mark|Margot de Taxco]].
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
==Piña, Isidro Garcia==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
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+
|-
+
|<center>Maricela (in script)<br/>Maricela (block letters)<br/>Marciela (with M underline extending)</center>
+
|<center>Isidro Garcia Piña<br/>e.1943-1986<br/>''Maricela''</center>
+
|<center><br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Named his taller for his daughter, ''Maricela''.
+
:&bull; Became a silversmith by training with his brother-in-law, Damaso Gallegos.
+
:&bull; Worked in .950 silver.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Circular with floral elements.
+
::&bull; Vines
+
::&bull; Pre-Columbian motifs.
+
::&bull; Spirals & pinwheels.
+
 
+
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+
|}
+
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+
==Pineda, Antonio==
+
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|<center></center>
+
|<center>Antonio Pineda<br/>(1919 - 2009)<br/>e.1941</center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Silversmith
+
:&bull; Designer
+
:&bull; Born in Taxco, Mexico and studied sculpture and painting.
+
:&bull; Apprentice to the ''Taller de Las Delicias'' under [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|William Spratling]].
+
:; 1941
+
::&bull; Founded his own workshop called ''Antonio''.
+
:; 1946
+
::&bull; Exhibited at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor with [[Margaret De Patta Jewelry Maker's Mark|Margaret De Patta]], [[Jensen, Georg Jewelry Maker's Mark|Georg Jensen]].
+
:; 1956
+
::&bull; Opened a second workshop to meet the expanding needs of his clientele.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Large size, clean lines with hollow construction.
+
::&bull; Unique settings, joins and joints.
+
::&bull; Evolved to be one of the most technically adept [[silversmith]]s in Taxco.
+
:; 2009
+
::&bull; Death at age 90.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
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+
==Pineda, Sigfrido==
+
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|-
+
|<center>Sigi<br/>Eagle 16</center>
+
|<center>Sigreido "Sigi" Pineda<br/>1953-c.1975<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/>Mexico City<br/>San Miguel de Allende</center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Employed for three years in the [[Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillo workshop]].
+
:; 1950
+
::&bull;Overseer of [[enamel]]ling in [[Margot de Taxco Jewelry Maker's Mark|Margot de Taxco's]] shop.
+
:; 1952
+
::&bull;Opened "Plateros" (quickly changed to Sigi to identify with him.)
+
:&bull; For several years Sigi wandered from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City and back to Taxco setting up workshops.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull;Modernist
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
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+
==Poulat, Ricardo Salas==
+
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+
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+
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+
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+
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+
|-
+
|<center>Mark changed some items from ''Matl''  to ''Matl Salas'' c.1960.</center>
+
|<center>Ricardo Salas Poulat<br/>c.1960<br/></center>
+
|<center>Mexico City<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Took over [[Matl Jewelry Maker's Mark|Matl]] from his aunt, Matilde Eugenia Poulat.
+
:&bull; His style was flatter and less decorated than Matilde's.
+
:; 2007
+
::&bull; Ricardo Salas Poulat died.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
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+
==Reveri==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
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+
|-
+
|<center>RC or Reveri</center>
+
|<center>Reveri<br/>Reveriano & Maria Castillo<br/>e.1952-1989<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Reveriano apprenticed with [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]].
+
:&bull; Worked at Taller Borda with [[Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark|Héctor Aguilar]].
+
:&bull; Maria worked for her dear friend [[Margot de Taxco Jewelry Maker's Mark|Margot]] and later worked 10 years for [[Los Castillos Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillos]].
+
:; 1952
+
::&bull; Reveriano and Maria opened ''Reveri''.
+
::&bull; Maria was the designer and Reveriano the [[silversmith]].
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Smooth jewelry without much patterning.
+
::&bull; Mixed metal flatware.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
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+
 
+
==Salvador==
+
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+
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+
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+
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+
|-
+
|<center></center>
+
|<center>Salvador Vaca Terán<br/>e.1952<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/>Mexico City, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:; 1934
+
::&bull; Trained with [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|William Spratling]].
+
:; 1939
+
::&bull; Left Spratling and worked with his cousins, the [[Los Castillo Jewelry Maker's Mark|Los Castillo]] family, for 15 years (under their signature.)
+
:; 1952
+
::&bull; Opened a workshop in Mexico City, employing 25 silversmiths.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Pierced shaped over a shadowbox motif.
+
::&bull; Extensive use of overlapping planes.
+
::&bull; Modernist Designs.
+
::&bull; Mosaics.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
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+
==Sanborn's==
+
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+
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+
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+
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+
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+
|-
+
|<center>Sanborn's</center>
+
|<center>Sanborn's<br/>1930-<br/></center>
+
|<center>Mexico City, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Mexico City department store selling silver, antiques and souvenirs.
+
:; 1933
+
::&bull; [[Davis, Frederick Jewelry Maker's Mark|Fred Davis]]  Left the Sonora News Compny and partnered with Frank Sanborn.
+
::&bull; Davis was manager of Sanborn's for over 20 years.
+
::&bull; Silver items were produced in a European style for Sanborn along with Fred Davis designs marked FD.
+
::&bull; [[Vidaurreta, Valentin Jewelry Maker's Mark|Valentin Vidaurreta]] produced jewelry for Sanborn's.
+
:; 1950
+
::&bull; Fred Davis retired from Sanborn's.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
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+
 
+
==[[Spratling|Spratling, William]]==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center
+
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+
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+
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+
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+
|-
+
|<center>[[file:spratling-sig.jpg|center|150px]]<br/>Stamped Mark</center>
+
|<center>[[Spratling|Spratling, William]]<br/>fl.1925-45</center>
+
|<center>American Working in Taxco, Mexico</center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Teacher in the Architecture Department at Tulane University.
+
:&bull; Silversmith
+
:&bull; Designer
+
:; 1925
+
::&bull; Traveled to Mexico to study Spanish Colonial architecture.
+
::&bull; Made his first visit to Taxco and decided to live there.
+
:; 1929
+
::&bull; Moved to Mexico.
+
::&bull; Invested it in a house in Taxco, near the [[silver]] mining region of Mexico.
+
::&bull; Spratling created a jewelry workshop in Taxco.
+
::&bull; Silver was not the usual jewelry material in Mexico and workers needed to be trained.
+
::&bull; Created an apprenticeship system, training many who would later be famous in their own right.
+
::&bull; Used native materials such as [[amethyst]], [[turquoise]] and rosewood in his designs.
+
:; 1935
+
::&bull; Moved to a larger shop to accommodate the large number of tourists coming in on the improved roadways.
+
::&bull; Sold furniture, rugs, wood and tin articles along with his silver jewelry.
+
:; 1944
+
::&bull; Went to Alaska at the invitation of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
+
::&bull; Created 200 designs based on Alaskan motifs.
+
::&bull; Trained Alaskans in Taxco and sent them back to train others.
+
:; 1946
+
::&bull; ''Spratling y Artisanos'' had 422 workers.
+
::&bull; Hundreds of small shops were opened by men trained in Spratling workshops.
+
:; 1967
+
::&bull; Spratling died.
+
::&bull; Alberto Ulrich purchased the estate and continued to produce jewelry under the name "Sucesores de William Spratling S.A."
+
::&bull; Spratling was known throughout Mexico as the "Father of Mexican Silver."
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Tane==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
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+
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+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center></center>
+
|<center>Tane<br/><br/>Pedro Leites<br/>e.1953-Current<br/></center>
+
|<center>Mexico City, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
::&bull; Large commercial operation with a workshop and foundry in Mexico City.
+
::&bull; Workshop in Tlalpujahua, Michoacan with 90 craftsmen.
+
::&bull; Silversmithing school in Zacatecas.
+
:; 1942
+
::&bull; Founded by Sergio & Natalia Leites, French immigrants.
+
::&bull; Originally they made leather bags - tannerie, thus the name.
+
:; 1953
+
::&bull; Joined by José and Rosa Vilner who produced pre-conquest style designs.
+
::&bull; Sold items to [[Tiffany & Co. Jewelry Maker's Mark|Tiffany]].
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Tapia, Ezequiel==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
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+
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+
!width=10%|Location
+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center>Exel Tapia</center>
+
|<center>Ezequiel Tapia<br/>b.1935- <br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; From a stone cutting family living near Taxco.
+
:&bull; Worked with his father producing pre-Hispanic reproduction sculptures.
+
:&bull; Won many awards.
+
:; 1961
+
::&bull; Began to work in silver.
+
::&bull; Opened ''Casa Tapia'' in his home.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Thomas, Janna==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
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+
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+
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+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center>Janna</center>
+
|<center>Janna Thomas<br/>c.1940-1980<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; New York City designer with a workshop in Taxco, employing Taxco trained [[silversmith]]s.
+
:; 1965-1980
+
::&bull; Made silver items for [[Tiffany & Co. Jewelry Maker's Mark|Tiffany]].
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Victoria==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
!width=35%|Maker's Mark
+
!width=15%|Name/Period
+
!width=10%|Location
+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center>Victoria<br/>Victoria mark with 'Cony'</center>
+
|<center>Victoria - Ana Nuñez Brilanti<br/>e.1940-1978<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Fine arts instructor at an industrial arts school in Mexico City.
+
:; 1940
+
::&bull; Launched "Victoria" workshop.
+
::&bull; [[Necklace]] commissioned for Eleanor Roosevelt by friends (''collar de abanicos'') became one of her most popular pieces.
+
:; 1953
+
::&bull; New workshop for her daughter and son-in-law named ''Cony'' and signed Victoria, Cony.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; Worked in [[mixed metals]] & .980 [[silver]] (marked .925 by Mexican law.)
+
::&bull; Silver and [[copper]] combination with no backing so the front and back look the same.
+
::&bull; Early electroplating of silver on copper.
+
:; Produced
+
::&bull; Coffee & tea sets
+
::&bull; Lamps
+
::&bull; Pitchers
+
::&bull; Boxes
+
::&bull; Jewelry
+
:; Design Elements
+
::&bull; Stylized flowers
+
::&bull; Animals
+
::&bull; Fish
+
::&bull; Nature
+
::&bull; Pre-Columbian motifs.
+
:&bull; Unacceptable work was destroyed by the [[silversmith]] who made it.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Vidaurreta, Valentin==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
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+
!width=15%|Name/Period
+
!width=10%|Location
+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center>VV or Valentin</center>
+
|<center>Valentin Vidaurreta<br/>e.1935-1955<br/></center>
+
|<center>Mexico City<br/>c. 1941 Taxco, Mexico<br/></center>
+
|
+
:&bull; Wealthy aristocrat who became an artist, amature horticulturist and silversmith.
+
:; Designs
+
::&bull; Massive scale.
+
::&bull; Naturalistic Flower belts & pins.
+
::&bull; Large [[repoussé]] [[Cuff Bracelet|cuff bracelet]]s.
+
:; Designed for
+
::&bull; Fred Davis at Sanborn's.
+
::&bull; Taller Borda.
+
::&bull; Spratling, possibly.
+
::&bull; His work was often signed by the workshop producing the design rather than with Vidaurreta's own mark.
+
|-
+
|}
+
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+
 
+
 
+
__NOTOC__
+
==Villasana, Alfredo==
+
{|class="wikitable" style="margin-left:0; width:100%;"
+
|- bgcolor="#efefef" align="center"
+
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+
!width=15%|Name/Period
+
!width=10%|Location
+
!width=40%|Specialty
+
|-
+
|<center></center>
+
|<center>Alfredo Villasana<br/>(e.c.1950s )<br/></center>
+
|<center>Taxco, Mexico<br/><br/></center>
+
|
+
:; Worked for
+
::&bull; [[Spratling, William Jewelry Maker's Mark|Spratling]]
+
::&bull; [[Aguilar, Héctor Jewelry Maker's Mark|Héctor Aguilar]]
+
:; 1950s
+
::&bull; Opened his own taller.
+
:; Style
+
::&bull; [[Repoussé]] in high relief.
+
::&bull; Soft patina.
+
|-
+
|}
+
 
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Revision as of 18:51, 10 July 2013

Héctor Aguilar

Aguilar Hector 1.svg

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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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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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.


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.


Rafael Dominguez

Dominguez Rafael.svg

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

Doris.svg

Doris
Mexico
Cuernavaca
1953-1971

Specialties

  • Shop in Cuernavaca



Far-Fan

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty
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Far-Fan
?
Mexico City, Mexico

• Plateria FarFan


Dámaso Gallegos

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty
Gallegos, Damaso 1.svg
Gallegos, Damaso 2.svg
Dámaso Gallegos
(1890-1980)
e.1941
Taxco, Mexico

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.
Garcia, Ysidro Jewelry Maker's Mark


Bernice Goodspeed

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty
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Bernice Goodspeed
e.1938
Taxco, Mexico

• 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.


Hubert Harmon

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty
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Pair of Feet with Wings
Hubert Harmon
c.1942-1948
Taxco, Mexico

• 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


Enrique Ledesma

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty
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Enrique Ledesma
e.1950
Taxco, Mexico

• Silversmith
• Designer
• Trained in his father's shop in Mexico City while a student of painting and sculpture.
Worked for
Spratling
Aguilar
Los Castillo
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.


Gerardo López

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Gerardo López
c.1939-c.1965
Taxco, Mexico

• Father to jewelry artisan Julio César López Heydeck.


Los Ballesteros

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Los Ballesteros
e.1937 -
Alleres de Los Ballesteros
Taxco, Mexico
Tourist Shops Throughout Mexico
• 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.


Los Castillo

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Don Antonio (Tony) Castillo de Terán
e.1939


• Silversmiths
• Designers
• Brothers trained in the Spratling shop.
Early designs
• Based on Spanish Colonial ornaments.
• Scrolls
• Flourishes
• Fish
• Flowers
• Feathers
Later
• Ancient pre-Hispanic motifs and techniques.
Turquoise, malachite, chrysoprase and abalone shell inlay and mosaic.
• Developed techniques in mixed metals caled metales casados.
1953
• First Prize at the Sliver Fiesta for their mixed metals.

Maciel

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Maciel
Mexico
Mexico City

Specialties

  • Prominent Mexico City Silversmith.


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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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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

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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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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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Miguel Melendez

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Miguel Melendez
Mexico
Taxco

Specialties

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

1940

Specialized


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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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

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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Ezequiel Tapia

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b.1935-
Taxco, Mexico

• 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.


Janna Thomas

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c.1940-1980
Taxco, Mexico

• New York City designer with a workshop in Taxco, employing Taxco trained silversmiths.
1965-1980
• Made silver items for Tiffany.


Victoria - Ana Nuñez Brilanti

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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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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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Alfredo Villasana

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Alfredo Villasana
Mexico
Taxco

Specialties

Worked for

1950s

  • Opened his own taller.

Style


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