Héctor Aguilar was one of Taxco’s most talented designers. In 1935 he began working for William Spratling (1900–1967) as a shop manager at the Taller de Las Delicias. Two years later he apprenticed with Spratling, and by 1939 he opened his own workshop, the Taller Borda, recruiting and training hundreds of silversmiths and going on to become one of the leading silver industries of Taxco. Many of Aguilar’s objects show his interest in ancient art and architecture, including this dog brooch—part of a set that represents Aztec and Mixtec calendric symbols.
Ilona Katzew, Curator and Department Head, Latin American Art