Héctor Aguilar (b. October 31, 1905) grew up in Teziutlán near Puebla and was educated in Mexico City. In 1937, 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. In 1966, they sold the shop to Benjamín Pérez and moved permanently to Zihuatanejo.
Another Héctor Aguilar silver Aztec pattern table service sold at Leland Little, Hillsborough, NC, 21 March 2009, lot 389.