His teachers were William Spratling, the Best of the All Time Best. Spratling taught Alfredo Villasana the mastery of silversmithing in the 1930's and 40's. Next was Hector Aguilar who also taught Alfredo in the craft. After 20 or so combined years of working with these men, Villasana started his own taller (studio) in the 1950's, and the rest is history. Now his gift of superb workmanship and design have been handed down through the decades for us to enjoy.
Villasana became well-known as one of the great Taxco silversmiths ("maestro" or master) and was best recognized for his repoussé work, especially on his fabulous clamper bracelets.
This lovely sterling brooch is from the early days of his own studio. Plain, yet elegant, it portrays a floating feather or plume, executed in his repousse technique. The brooch measures 3" in length, 1" in width and has a safety clasp mechanism. Fully stamped on the reverse, "Hecho en Mexico Taxco" in a circle with "AV" in the center. "Sterling - 925 - Villasana" and the #3 Eagle Mark, circa 1948-1955. The jack-pot of markings. Excellent condition with no damages and great aged patina.