10 Gorgeous Taxco Silver Jewels From Skinner’s 20th-Century Design Auction

Bold silver jewelry by designers credited with shaping the iconic silver-artisan community of Taxco, Mexico, from the 1930s through the 1950s, were highlights of a June 20 sale by Skinner in Boston.

Among the lots offered were several pieces by William Spratling, the American jewelry designer widely credited with cultivating the mid-century revival of Taxco’s silver jewelry scene—a movement that had a monumental impact on jewelry design in the decades that followed and continues to inspire contemporary jewelry-makers.

Also for sale were pieces designed by a trio of Spratling’s protégées: Antonio Castillo, who went on to found notable silver atelier Los Castillo; Antonio Pineda, a Taxco native who worked in Spratling’s first workshop; and Hector Aguilar, who established the Taller Borda jewelry atelier after training under Spratling.

Here are 10 Taxco-made silver jewels from Skinner’s 20th Century Design sale and the prices they fetched:

Emilia Castillo necklace
Emilia Castillo sterling silver panther necklace (Emilia is the daughter of Antonio Castillo). 

Emilia Castillo Sterling Silver Jaguar necklace
Estimate: $800–$1,200
Sold for: $2,583

William Spratling Polka Dot bracelet
William Spratling Polka Dot wood and sterling silver cuff

William Spratling Polka Dot cuff, circa 1960
Estimate: $1,200–1,800
Sold for: $2,460

William Spratling amethyst bracelet
Top and above: William Spratling amethyst and Mexican silver Aztec Calendar cuff

William Spratling Mexican silver and amethyst Aztec Calendar cuff, circa 1940–1946
Estimate: $800–$1,200
Sold for: $984

Antonio Pineda amethyst bracelet
Antonio Pineda amethyst and silver cuff

Antonio Pineda Mexican silver and amethyst cuff
Estimate $700–$900
Sold for: $1,599

Antonio Pineda obsidian and moonstone brooch
Antonio Pineda obsidian and moonstone brooch

Antonio Pineda obsidian and moonstone brooch, circa 1960
Estimate: $300–$500
Sold for: $1,722

Antonio Pineda silver and amethyst bracelet
Antonio Pineda silver and amethyst bracelet

Antonio Pineda Mexican silver and amethyst bracelet, circa 1945
Estimate $300–$400
Sold for: $923

Los Castillo silver bracelets
Two Los Castillo sterling silver bracelets

A pair of Los Castillo sterling silver bracelets
Estimate $500–$750
Sold for: $615

Hector Aguilar bracelets
Hector Aguilar sterling silver bracelets

A trio of Hector Aguilar sterling silver bracelets (cuff with rope detailing is circa 1948–1962; paneled link bracelets are circa 1940–1945)
Estimate: $600–$750
Sold for: $861

Los Castillo silver necklace
Los Castillo silver necklace

Los Castillo sterling silver necklace, circa 1940
Estimate: $400–$500
Sold for: $492

William Spratling silver butterfly brooch
William Spratling Mexican silver butterfly brooch

William Spratling Mexican silver butterfly brooch, circa 1940
Estimate: $1,000–$1,500
Sold for: $3,998

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