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Fantastic sterling silver boomerang brooch by Sigfrido Pineda of Taxco, Mexico, is a treasure of Mid Century Modernism. Better known as “Sigi,” he has been known throughout his career as a true artist, working in a variety of media, including glass, ceramics, wood (guitar making), but most of all, his greatest love, silver. This amazing pin has a “foldover” shape, and the bottom portion has satiny grayish black oxidizing. It has an artfully applied squiggle that contrasts in a playful way with the hard boomerang shape. This squiggle piece most likely held a semi-precious stone at one time, but this is the way I found it (priced accordingly). Unlike most of his contemporaries who used indigenous and ancient motifs in their designs, Sigi’s work represents all aspects of modernism, and is readily recognizable for its organic, simplistic, and smooth shapes. This pin is a great example, c. 1955.
Sigi’s work has been recognized internationally with a major prize given for silver flatware by the International Silver Company in 1960. He says his greatest inspiration is women, not only as business partners, and financial backers, but also, certainly, as clients. They are drawn to his work because of its simplicity and modern international style He worked in Margot van Voorhies Carr’s workshop (Margot de Taxco), initiating the use of enamel, for which she became so well known. His career spans many decades, as he started when he was 12! Sigi still works as a silver artist, designing for the future, today.
Appropriately marked “Sigi”, “TAXCO”, Eagle 3, “STERLING HECHO EN MEXICO”, and design number 34. It is in fine vintage condition with age appropriate surface wear, and a lovely patina on the squiggle and reverse. Please excuse any lighting glare. The black portion is very uniform.
This item will be presented in a tarnish resistant pouch and gift boxed.
SIZE: 2-1/2”L x 1-3/8”W WEIGHT = .552 oz.
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