Metalsmithing is a centuries-old Mexican tradition. The Taxco school emerged in the 1930s and continued throughout approx. 1970. It was an American named William Spratling who is credited with the founding of this particular style. Spratling’s designs borrowed from pre-Columbian motifs found in Mexican pyramids and incorporated modern, geometric arrangements with more traditional styles. Taxco is a central Mexican city primarily associated with silver mining and jewelry crafting. From Spratling’s original designs, many of his apprentices set up shops, trademarks and lines of their own. Los Castillo, Hector Aguilar, Antonio Pineda, Margot can Voorhies Carr Castillo and Mathilde Poulat are a few primary examples. Their work is sought after as well.
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