In 1937, Hector Aguilar was hired by the silver designer, William Spratling, to manage his workshop in Taxco. In 1939, Aguilar and his wife went into business for themselves and opened the Taller Borda, a shop that sold a variety of jewelry, holloware, and flatware in Aguilar's distinctively abstract style. The shop was highly successful until the 1950s, when a new Acapulco highway bypassed Taxco and significantly lowered the number of tourists that came into the Taller Borda. Aguilar's involvement with Taller Borda ended in 1966, when he sold his shop. Another Aztec pattern flatware service sold in these Rooms, 19 October 2010, lot 20.