In sterling (as stamped) silver, a wide open-mouthed fish pin by the well-known Taxco jeweler Sigi Pineda. It measures 2 1/2" long x 1 1/4" wide, and is bezel-set with a high-domed cabochon turquoise measuring about 10 x 6.5 mm. for the eye. The back is signed "Sigi" and "Taxco"; as well as "Sterling Hecho en Mexico", and with what appears to be a Mexican hallmark.
Published reports say Sigi began learning how to make jewelry when he was 10 years old, and founded his first shop in 1952 in Taxco, later opening in other cities, including Mexico City. Although he never worked with William Spratling, they were friends. He has said that he never wanted to bring influences into his work. It is instantly recognizable as an outstanding representative of the Mexican Modernist movement in jewelry.
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