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A wonderful example of early work from one of Taxco (and all of Mexico) 20th centuries top 1% silver artists Hector Aguilar. Lifelike movement, there are no straight lines on this piece with an amethyst teardrop that dangles. The Amethyst has a nice color but it was difficult to capture, each pic seemed very dark but I got a few good shots in I hope. A very nice warm glow from the silver this is described in many books but until you feel and see this 'warm' silver glow it is very hard to explain. A factor of age, handling, polishing and the quality of the silver used in much of Taxco pieces of the era.
Marks: HA. TAXCO. 940.
Measures approx. 73.6mm / 2.89” long from stem to end of the leaf, 40mm /1.59” widest, 79.9mm / 3.1” from stem to end of the amethyst drop, the amethyst drop measures 16mm long, 7.2mm widest and 4mm thickest.
Weighs approx. 26.8 grams.
Condition: Excellent vintage condition, there is a slight imperfection in the point of the amethyst, A few very light surface scratches in the silver and can be removed if desired, catch and lock work well.
About Hector Aguilar via the book The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks (third edition) by Bille Hougart:
Born in 1905, In 1935 he began working for William Spratling as a shop manager at Taller de Las Delicias in Taxco. In 1937, he began his apprenticeship under Spratling. Aguilar opened his own shop The Taller Borda where many top designers were employed and there were recognized in their own right for their personal artistry, several opened their own firms; Manuel Altamirano, Pedro Castillo, Reveriano Castillo, Robert Cuevas, Damasco Gallegos, Gabriel Flores, Jose Luis Flores and Valentin Vidaurreta top that list. Hector Aguilar enjoyed retirement for a couple of decades before his death in 1986.
Hector Aguilar is considered to be among the most talented, innovative designers of the era. His work is among the most valuable and collectible Taxco silver jewelry and other items in the world today. As with many of the top collected Mexican Silver artist's/ Maestros, copies of his pieces with hallmarks are prevalent in the market today.
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