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Antonio Pineda (Mexican, 1919-2009)

Art

Birth Place: Taxco, Mexico

Biography:

Who was silversmith Antonio Pineda?

Antonio Pineda was a Mexican silversmith whose bold, modernist jewelry helped to popularize Mexican silversmithing in the 1930s. Pineda’s hometown of Taxco was a haven for silversmiths and had a history of great artists. Several prominent artisans came from that city in the 1930s -- Pineda though was the most last, most successful, and the most daring of them all. When Pineda opened his own silversmithing shop, called a taller, his designs became instantly popular with many of the American ex-pats in the area, especially writers and intellectuals.

Pineda’s work became increasingly popular with Americans, and as his star rose so did the prices and admiration for his work. In 1944, The Legion of Honor in San Francisco included several of Pineda’s pieces in a group exhibition about Mexican Silver. IT was through this show that Pineda was introduced to Richard Gump, the famous art dealer, who bought Pineda’s entire collection to sell at his retail store. Gump became the exclusive retailer of Pineda’s work in the US.

What kind of art did Antonio Pineda make?

Antonio Pineda was famous for his modernist silversmith pieces, which often incorporated rare stones in new and unique contexts. This was considered extremely difficult at the time as silver requires extremely high temperatures to be able to form and manipulate it. Pineda developed new methods for placing stones in silver, suspending them gently above the piece so that as little of the stone touched the silver as possible. This style, influenced heavily by architecture (Pineda was the student of famed American architect William Spratling) became extremely popular with Hollywood stars of the 1940s and 1950s. His pieces remained in high demand throughout his life. That demand has only increased in the decades since his passing.

How did silversmith Antonio Pineda get started?

Antonio Pineda was born in 1919 in the town of Taxco, Mexico. This was a huge benefit in his early life, Taxco had a heritage of producing great silversmiths. Pineda’s career started at the startlingly young age of 11, when he was allowed to apprentice at William Spratling’s famous silver workshop, Taller de las Delicias. While Spratling had trained the young Pineda early on, when he left to start his own workshop he was made to promise not to repeat any of Spratling’s original designs, forcing the young artist to be creative and come up with his own pieces. He opened his own store in 1933, supplying many of the American ex-pats and vacationers in the area with truly beautiful and unique designs. The word soon spread to California and beyond that Pineda’s talent was unrivaled when it came to silver jewelry. He eventually signed an exclusive deal with the famed retailer, Richard Gump.

How much are Antonio Pineda pieces worth?

Pieces by Antonio Pineda are extremely valuable and highly sought after, they can sell for as little as $500 but large pieces can routinely sell for $15,000 or more. The most ever paid for a Antonio Pineda silver piece at a Heritage Auction is $15,250 for the piece Mexican Silver Seven-Light Candelabra which sold on May 8th, 2014. Heritage auction has an extensive history with Pineda pieces and we recommend you check our page for even more upcoming Pineda auctions.

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How to value Antonio Pineda art?

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