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Maria Martinez, left, and her sister Anna Montoya, right. Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), 003791.

Maria Martinez, left, and her sister Anna Montoya, right. Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), 003791.

Anna Montoya was the eldest sister of noted potter Maria Martinez (1887-1980). She was married to Cresencio Martinez (1879-1918), who was a brother of Tonita Roybal. After the discovery of the process to make black-on-black pottery, Anna quickly adopted the style to her work. Cresencio painted many of their early polychrome pieces, but after his death 1918 Anna painted her own pieces. She became an accomplished painter and Maria noted that "everyone bothered Anna to put designs" on their pottery.

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Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Plate with Avanyu and Flower Designs (1920’s)

This is a creatively designed plate by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is fully polished on the front and matte on the back.  The plate has a checkerboard pattern in the center and a triangular design emanating out to the rim.  The charming part of the plate is the very thinly painted water serpent which encircles the central checkerboard medallion.  The plate is fired a deep black in coloration.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.   Why is the work of Anna Martinez important? Interestingly, Maria would often say she was the best painter in the family.  She was married to Cresencio Martinez, who was known for his paintings and was also a brother to Tonita Roybal.  One can begin to see how her talent was easily fostered by those around her making a plate such as this one a creative classic!

Early San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,400.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Jar with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is one of the more complex painted jar we have had by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is fully polished and painted with a water seprent (avanyu), encircling the jar. It is the complexity of the avanyu which makes the piece so distinctive.  Note the fine lines and the clouds above the avanyu.  The jar was fired black and has near-gunmetal appearance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.   Why is the work of Anna Martinez important? Interestingly, Maria would often say she was the best painter in the family.  She was married to Cresencio Martinez, who was known for his paintings and was also a brother to Tonita Roybal.  One can begin to see how her talent was easily fostered by those around her making a jar like this simply a classic!

Early San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,800.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Large Bowl with Water Designs (1930’s)

This is a large bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is fully polished and painted with water designs around the shoulder. The bowl itself has great coloration with areas which are nearly gunmetal.  The painting is fluid around the entire piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.

Early San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,500.00
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