I am thrilled to present a repousse brooch - you could even call it a bar pin - from Antonio Pineda's early years as an independent maestro. Antonio opened his workshop in 1941 and some of his first creations clearly betray the influence both of Spratling and most importantly of maestro Valentin Vidaurreta with whom he worked in Mexico City. Wrought in 980 silver, another indication of the its early date, the brooch combines repousse motifs from the "archaeological" period of Taxco design with distinctly Mexico City repousse that brings to mind Matilde Poulat's creations as well. A small masterpiece, the pin measures 2 5/8" long by 5/8" wide and weighs 8.5 grams. It is signed with Antonio's initials "AP" as shown alongside "TAXCO 980" and is in excellent vintage condition with exceptional attention to detail and intense repousse, patina to die for and no problems noted. A dream-come-true for the dedicated Antonio collector and a museum quality brooch.