ANTONIO PINEDA Unsigned Vintage Silver Tortoise Modernist Cufflinks
Considered one of the finest Mexican silver craftsmen from the twentieth century, Antonio Pineda began his art at a young age. He studied painting and sculpture in his youth, and at age 14 he was apprenticed to Taller de Las Delicias of William Spratling to learn the silversmith craft. Antonio founded his own workshop in 1941 and his talent flourished.
These vintage cufflinks from the 1950s are a wonderful example Antonio Pineda's work! Each cufflink has an attractive Modernist design crafted in silver with tortoise shell accents. The square-shaped face of each cufflink is twisted inwards at the corners, forming a folded design with curved sides. Triangular plaques of natural tortoise shell are precisely fitted and inlaid into the sides. Each tortoise shell accent displays wonderful shades of deep brown and caramel colors that contrast beautifully with the silver setting! Securely hinged airplane links rest on the back of each square-shaped face. Stamped on the reverse of each cufflink are Mexican hallmarks that include a "TAXCO MEXICO" signature and the "eagle 3" Taxco hallmark, both consistent with Antonio Pineda's work. A fabulous pair of cufflinks by an exceptional silversmith, they would make an excellent addition to any vintage collection!
Measurements: The square-shaped face of each cufflink measures 5/8" wide and 1/4" thick. The post of each airplane back measures 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting, and the hinged airplane backs are secure and in good working condition. All four of the original inlaid tortoise shell plaques are intact, one of which has recently been securely re-set. There is a natural patina on the silver, which is normal for a vintage silver piece and adds to its unique character and appearance.