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King Galleries is pleased to have a variety of Pueblo and Tribal pottery from the 1920's to the present. We have created this "Signed Historic Pottery"  to identify work by those potters who were early innovators in the 1920's and began to sign their work. It also is used for any artists who have passed away, making their art part of the historical record. The history of Pueblo pottery during this period is one of an exciting change as it has evolved from utilitarian ware to folk art to the fine art of today. We hope you enjoy these amazing pieces!

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Tafoya, Margaret -Jar with Swirl Melon Ribs (1970’s)

It is not often that Margaret Tafoya made melon jars during her career. This exceptional pieces is from the 1970’s and it is stunning with the swirl melons. The piece has one of her classic necks and then it is carved with eight melon ribs. They swirl down from the shoulder to the base. The jar is highly polished and fired a shiny black.  It is simply exceptional!  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It’s always great see the expanse of Margaret’s creativity throughout her career.

$ 4,200.00
Dunlap, Carmelita – Wide Shoulder Jar with Rain Patterns (1979)

Carmelita Dunlap is one of the San Ildefono potters best known for her large vessels.  This jar is smaller for her work, but highly polished and tightly painted. The design is a series of rain and prayer feathers patterns.  The feather patterns vary as the jar is turned.  The jar itself is highly polished and fired a brown-black coloration.  It is this distinctive coloration for which she was best known. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Carmelita Dunlap”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a smaller classic of her work!

$ 800.00
Garcia, Tina – Red Bowl with Bear Paws

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain ware Santa Clara pottery. This bowl is very round and has three bear paws impressd into the clay.  The bear paw are part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The bowl is fully stone polished and fired red.  It is signed on the bottom and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Painted Avanyu (1960’s)

This is a small bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The bowl is fully polished and painted with an avanyu.  The avanyu, or water serpent, is a classic of her design. Note the shape of the horn as well as the mouth.  A similar style of mouth is painted onto many of her pieces.  As the bowl is turned the body of the water serpent (avanyu) creates cloud and lightning designs.  While Margaret was known for her large vessels, why make something so small?  The reason is that potters of her generation would not ‘throw away” clay that was not used, but also not mix a large portion of it with the new clay.  So, when they were running out of clay, they would often make smaller vessels like this bowl.  It is also during the period of the 1950’s to 1960’s that she made most of her painted or “black-on-black” pieces of pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Jar with Reverse Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

This tall jar by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The jar is a classic shape with the tall shoulders. The design, however, is quite unusual.  It is a water serpent (or avanyu), which is carved in reverse.  Here, the avanyu is carved into four panels and you can see the the head and horn of each avanyu in reverse.  It is interesting that she would have created such an unusual variation on this classic design. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the rim.

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Fully Polished Red and Tan Open Bowl (1980’s)

This is open bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  The bowl has high walls and it is fully polished on the inside and carved on the outside.  This is one of the rarest styles of Margaret’s pottery.  The bowl itself has a lower round shoulder and a slightly turned out rim.  What makes it so rare is that she polished the outside red and the inside tan. The tan is created with water, so it is always difficult to polish and create a shine.  Margaret revived this red and tan style in the late 1960’s when she remembered how it was done at Ohkay Owinghe (San Juan Pueblo) from her youth. Today, there are only a few potters who are able to polish tan with such a high shine.  For Margaret, she did very few red and tan pieces, and they are always on very traditional forms.  Traditionally potters would polish the inside of the bowls before firing so that they would be usable.  However, over time this practice decreased as there was a great chance that it would crack in drying or polishing.  The added risk comes from putting all the wet slip on the inside of the bowl and hoping that it doesn’t cause cracks in the exterior.  However, the risk is often worth it as the polished interior of the bowl creates a striking appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,400.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Fully Polished Open Bowl (1980)

This is open bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  The bowl has high walls and it is fully polished on the inside and carved on the outside.  Traditionally potters would polish the inside of the bowls before firing so that they would be usable.  However, over time this practice decreased as there was a great chance that it would crack in drying or polishing.  The added risk comes from putting all the wet slip on the inside of the bowl and hoping that it doesn’t cause cracks in the exterior.  However, the risk is often worth it as the polished interior of the bowl creates a striking appearance.  What is interesting in this bowl is the shape, which is hard to capture in the photos.  It is round near the base and then just slightly indented just below the rim. This is so the bowl could be held, but it’s wonderful aspect to this piece.  This bowl is perfectly polished and fired to a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is featured in the book “Born of Fire” The Art and Life of Margaret Tafoya”.

$ 1,950.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Bowl with Mountain Design (1980’s)

This deeply carved by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  It is a classic shaped bowl with deeply carved mountain design. The design is repeated four times around the shoulder of the bowl.  The background area is slipped with the traditional cream colored clay. The bowl itself is  highly polished and fired a deep red.  Margaret’s work from the 1980’s is always distinctive as the pieces are typically smaller than in earlier years as she was in her 80’s!  However, the carving is often more complicated and the polishing is always exceptional.  This bowl is deeply carved and a great deep, red coloration.  As well, it is great to see her work in red, which is always more difficult to fire.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is also featured in the book, “Born of Fire: The Art and Life of Margaret Tafoya”.

$ 4,200.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Bowl with Rain Designs (1960’s)

This bowl by Fannie Nampeyo is a very classic bowl form.  It is from the 1960’s and it is polished on the outside.  The designs are series of rain patterns which encircle the bowl.  It is a simple series of designs but ones which were often used by Fannie’s mother, Nampeyo of Hano.  The bowl was traditionally fired creating the striking color variations on the surface.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo”. 

$ 400.00
Tahbo, Dianna – Jar with Bird Tail Designs (2001)

Diana Tahbo was known for her tightly painted pottery and especially her beautiful miniatures.  This tall jar is vertically polished and then painted.  The design has bird tails in two sections and bird wings in two others.  The jar was traditionally fired, which created the blushes on the surface.  The interesting thing about when she vertically polished her pottery (as well as when Mark did the same thing) is that the lines of the polishing are visible after the firing.  It adds one more layer of depth to the piece.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Blue Corn –  Wide Bowl with Rain and Cloud Designs (1960’s)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is an early bowl which is fired a deep black.  It is painted with a rain and cloud pattern which encircles the piece. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Blue Corn”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 450.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Plate with Seed Designs (1970’s)

This is a classic designed plate by Santana and Adam Martinez.  Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50’s. The plate is stone polished and it is painted with a mountain and seed design.  It was fired a deep black coloration.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece!

$ 500.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Large Jar with Avanyu (1930’s)

This is a classic shaped jar by Juanita and Wo-Peen Gonzales.  The jar is deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the piece. It is carved in the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  There are cloud designs extending down from the neck and the horn of the avanyu is stylized.  The jar is highly polished and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.    The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   It is great to find one of their pieces in such wonderful condition!

Click here to read more about the “Early San Ildefonso Innovators”

$ 800.00
Chino, Rose – Jar with Birds (1980’s)

Rose Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This jar is a more classic style of shape with the high shoulder.  It is painted with four birds (maybe quail) encircling the piece.  They are painted with bee-weed and the jar was traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose Chino”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 450.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Jar with Avanyu (1960’s)

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This jar is a piece of her pottery from the 1960’s.  It has her complex style of carving but not her carving into the negative space.  This was a style which would come later.  The avanyu encircles the jar and it is fully polished.  The background has the traditional cream colored clay slip.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo” and it is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 375.00
Pavatea, Garnet  – Ladle with Lightning Designs (1955)

Garnet Pavatea is one of the great names in Hopi-Tewa pottery.  She created traditional Hopi pottery, but was also well known for her corrugated pieces and especially the use of the red clay.  This ladle is a classic Hopi shape with the hook on the end where it could set against a bowl.  The ladle is made from the red Hopi clay and the handle is painted with bee-weed (black). The design on the handle is a lightning design. The piece was made in 1955 and exhibited at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Hopi show.  It comes with the original tag from the show with the description, “Garnett Pavatea, Tewa, Red Dipper”.  The ladle is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are some slight areas of wear.  It is signed, “Garnett Pavatea” on the back.

$ 200.00
Garcia, Sarah – Plate with Water Bug (1970’s)

Sarah Garcia (1928-2015) was born at Laguna Pueblo to Maria Trujillo.  However, she spent her adult at Acoma Pueblo.  She, along with Jessie Garcia, Lucy M. Lewis, and Marie Z. Chino, were largely responsible for the revival of Anasazi and Tularosa designs on contemporary Acoma vessels.  Her daughter Goldie Hayah continues making pottery.  This plate is painted on the front with a Mimbres style water bug. The design is wonderful with the extended wings.  It was traditionally fired.  It is signed on the back, “S. Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Chino, Grace – Seedpot with Fine Line Star Pattern (1970’s)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This seedpot reveals her very delicately painted fine-line designs.  Here the lines create a series of interlocking stars which spread across the surface of the piece.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Grace Chino”.

$ 400.00
Adams, Sadie – Tile Pair with Geometric Designs

Sadie Adams is one of the great names in Hopi pottery throughout the 1900’s.  There was a creativity in her shapes and use of Hopi and Sikyatki designs.  As well, there was a wonderful perseverance in her work for nearly a century!  This is a pair of her tiles.  They are painted on the front with bee-weed and a red clay slip. The designs are cloud, rain and step patterns.  They are each traditionally fired.  They are sold as a pair, as only one of them is signed with her hallmark flower. However, it is easy to identify that they are both made by the same hand.  They are both in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  They are certainly a beautiful example of her pottery and painting skill.

$ 400.00
Chapella, Grace – Open Bowl with Checkerboard Star Pattern (1960’s)

This is a classic open bowl by Grace Chapella. This open bowl is made using the traditional Hopi clay and painted with bee-weed.  The design is a star pattern surrounded by a complex checkerboard pattern.  It is an interesting design and one that is also seen for a brief period in the work of Nampeyo of Hano.  The design work has a complex feel in this piece and it is enhanced by the native firing. The bowl is signed on the bottom “Grace Chapella” and a Bear Paw Track, which was her hallmark.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a piece of history!

Grace Chapella was born into the Bear Clan on February 14, 1874 at Tewa on First Mesa.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, TaTung Pawbe and also from Nampeyo of Hano, who was her neighbor.  Her name in Tewa as “White Squash Blossom”.  She was one of the great Hopi matriarchs of the last century. Grace  was the sister of Laura Tomosie and Dalee, the mother of Alma Tahbo, and the great grandmother of Mark Tahbo and Diana Tahbo. She led a remarkable life, becoming the first Hopi to fly in an airplane in 1927 and living over a century (107 years!). Grace revived designs from the Sikyatki ruins at the base of First Mesa and it is the classic butterfly or moth pattern for which she is the most famous.

$ 700.00
Chapella, Grace – Open Bowl with Moth (1973)

This is a classic open bowl by Grace Chapella.  She was born into the Bear Clan on February 14, 1874 at Tewa on First Mesa.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, TaTung Pawbe and also from Nampeyo of Hano, who was her neighbor.  Her name in Tewa as “White Squash Blossom”.  She was one of the great Hopi matriarchs of the last century. Grace  was the sister of Laura Tomosie and Dalee, the mother of Alma Tahbo, and the great grandmother of Mark Tahbo and Diana Tahbo. She led a remarkable life, becoming the first Hopi to fly in an airplane in 1927 and living over a century (107 years!). Grace revived designs from the Sikyatki ruins at the base of First Mesa and it is the classic butterfly or moth pattern for which she is the most famous.

This open bowl is made using the traditional red Hopi clay.  It is painted with bee-weed and a white clay slip. The bowl has a moth, the pattern for which Grace is the most famous. The outside of the bowl is also painted with cloud and wind designs.  The bowl is signed on the back “Grace Chapella, 99 years old, Polcacca, AZ”. I remember Mark Tahbo told me that when Grace was getting older, her daughter Alma would add her age to the back of the bowl.  This  piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a piece of history!

$ 1,600.00
Nampeyo, Nellie – Wide Bowl with Eagle Tail Designs

Nellie Nampeyo Douma was the second daughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Fannie Nampeyo and Annie Nampeyo.  This small bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed for the black.  The design is an eagle tail design which has a very tightly painted appearance.  The design is repeated four times around the bowl.  It is traditionally fired with some blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom, “Nellie Nampeyo”.  It is in good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There is a small inclusion on the side, which appears to be pre-firing.

$ 400.00
Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Small Jar with Birds (1980’s)

This smaller jar by Joy “Frog Woman” Navasie is one of her classic shapes.  The jar has straight sides and it is polished on the inside and the outside.  The jar is slipped with the white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black).   The sides of the jar are very tightly painted in four panels.  It’s nice to see a smaller piece with such precision to the lines!  Two panels are birds and the other two are bird tail designs. The black painted with bee-weed (a plant) and the red is a deeper red clay she began to use in the 1980’s.  It has been traditionally fired so there are some variations in the coloration from white to almost a pinkish color.   The jar is signed on the bottom with her Frog Hallmark.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 500.00
Blue Corn – Tile with Lightning Design (1960’s) (#9)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery.  This tile is one of a group which has a fascinating history.  They were made in the 1960’s for a CG Wallace Hotel in Albuquerque.  Each tile is signed on the back in the clay and each also has a sequential number and how it should be placed (up, down, etc).  They were meant to be used as tiles in a wall but were never removed from their box! This tile is painted black-on-black and has a lightning and wind design.  Note how even the sides of the tile are fully polished!  The tile is signed, “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  It is tile number “9”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a fascinating piece of history! The last photo is one that I took of all the tiles in their correct sequence and placement.

$ 275.00
Garcia, Tina – Kiva Bowl

Tina Garcia was well known for her use of traditional shapes in her pottery.  This is a very traditional shaped bowl with the sharp shoulder and the kiva step design carved on the rim.  The steps represent the steps into the kiva ceremonial space.  The bowl is fully polished and fired a deep black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia”  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Bowl with Avanyu (1970’s)

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This bowl has her stylized avanyu as the design.  Note how the negative space around the rim becomes part of the design of the clouds above the avanyu.  The entire piece is fully carved and polished. The avanyu encircles the bowl and the body has cloud and rain designs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 525.00
Shupla, Helen – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Helen Shupla was famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon jars.  This bowl is carved with a water serpent (avanyu) as the design.  Helen’s husband Kenneth Shupla, would often help her with the carving on the pottery.  Note the complexity of her designs and how the tail extends up over the head of the avanyu!  The bowl is highly polished and it is signed on the bottom, “Helen Shupla”  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Medina, Sofia – Jar with Four Birds and Rainbows (1980’s)

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is an exceptional piece of her pottery in both form and design.  The jar has a high shoulder and a slight neck. There are two large sections, etch with a bird and flower in the center.  Over each bird is a rainbow and cloud designs.  Note how the red and tan areas are stone polished.  Separating the larger medallions are two very intricate medallions.  They have cloud pattern and rain designs with the bird in the center.  The jar is very tightly painted. Did you know that Zia potters use basalt as their temper for the clay, which gives these pieces their stability but also weight.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.

$ 775.00
Nampeyo, Priscilla Namingha – Large Eagle Tail Bowl (1990’s)

Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo was a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and granddaughter of Annie Healing,  She was also a sister of  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. Priscilla was the matriarch of a family of renown potters, including Rachel, Bonnie, Nyla and Jean Sahmie.  Priscilla began making pottery when she was only seven years old, under the guidance of Nampeyo of Hano. This large bowl is a classic of her style.  It is thin walled and painted with the classic “eagle tail” pattern, which was made famous by Nampeyo.  The top section is slipped with red clay while the design itself is painted with bee-weed (a plant) for the black. Each of the four eagle tails extends down over the shoulder and are surrounded by the bird wings.  The bowl was traditionally fired, so there are striking blushes on the surface.  Priscilla was known for her traditional designs along with the tightly painted designs.  The bowl is signed on the bottom “Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is nice to see such a large and classic designed piece of her work in the gallery!

$ 3,200.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Water Jar with Bear Paws (1970’s)

Madeline Naranjo (b. 1916) was known for her deep carved pottery.  This smaller water jar has a double shoulder or “rainbow ridge”.  This is always technically a bit more difficult to make but the result creates an additional angle for the light to reflect off the piece.  The entire jar is fully polished, including into the mouth of the jar.  There are four bear paws impressed into the clay before it was polished. The bear paws are symbolic of a Santa Clara story which told of a bear which led the Pueblo people to water during a drought. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Madeline Naranjo” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Madeline no longer makes pottery, her work is certainly a classic and her legacy continues in the pottery of her granddaughter, Madeline E. Naranjo.

$ 500.00
Shupla, Helen – Melon Jar with 16 Ribs (1980’s)

Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars.  Her melon jars are the very traditional form with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar is one of her classic shapes with an elongated body showing the full length of each rib.  Each of the 16 ribs is pushed out into the clay.  She would do this by placing her fingers inside the bowl and pushing against the clay from both the inside and outside!  Can you see the slight angle to each section?  This is how she would turn her hand as she was pushing against the clay to create the separate ribs!  The entire piece is fully polished and fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Helen Shupla”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,600.00
Blue Corn –  Bowl with Feather Design (1970’s)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her distinctive red pieces. The bowl is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted around the shoulder of the piece.  The jar is painted in a buff-on-red style. The highly polished red is in contrast to the matte painted surface.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the coloration.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,050.00
Tahbo, Mark  – Plate with Four Birds (2002)

This is an unusual plate by Mark Tahbo.  The plate is recessed with a small rim.  It is fully polished and the center is fully painted. The design has four Hopi birds encircling the piece.  The center square is slipped with the mauve clay he was using at this time. The square styling is similar to that used by Nampeyo of Hano in the painting on the top of her pottery.  Note on the birds and the delicately painted lines.  The plate was traditionally fired and has some great blushes on the surface.  It was painted with bee-weed (black) and then clay slips. The plate is signed on the back rim, “Mark Tahbo” and dated 2002.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Martinez, Maria – Large Plate with San Ildefonso Birds (1920’s)

This is an extraordinary large plate by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint the design.  The unique aspects of this piece are the size and the design.  Many of their early plates were under 12″ diameter, as they were less likely to break in the firing.  As well, this design is one which is an early pattern and one which was very rarely used in their pottery.  The design is a series of three San Ildefonso birds.  The heads are near the rim and the wings are extending backwards with the triangle in the center making up their legs.  However, as a whole pattern, it has a beautiful flow and dynamic appearance.  The “wings” on this piece are a design which in Richard Spivey’s book, “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez”, it is identified as an “avanyu” (see last photo).  However, I spoke at length with a San Ildefonso potter about this particular design and he explained how it was a bird and that it is a design often seen around the Pueblo.  To have his input gives an important addition of cultural knowledge about these pieces!  As for the plate, it is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches which are not unexpected in a piece from this time period.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  In terms of the photos, I tried to take them at different angles and different lighting to reveal both design and condition.  The curve of the plate makes it difficult but I think if you view the various photos it is possible to have a good idea of the overall condition.   This is definitely one of those exciting pieces by Maria & Julian Martinez which rarely come around to the marketplace!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 11,000.00
Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Rain and Lightning Designs

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the 1900’s. This jar is taller in shape with around shoulder.  The designs are all derived from classic Acoma imagery. There are lighting and rain patterns around the shoulder. The neck has a cloud design and near the base, in red, are birds.  It is a very fully designed piece of her pottery!  It has been native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  The black for the design is derived from bee-weed, which is a local plant. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is a very slight lean to the shape.

$ 850.00
Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Fineline Interlocking Star Pattern

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the 1900’s.  She was an important revivalist of Acoma pottery throughout her career. This jar is coil built and painted with a fine-line star pattern.  Each of the stars is painted to interlock with the one next to it.  Lucy would paint her pieces with bee-weed for the black and each piece was traditionally fired outdoors.  This bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.

$ 750.00
Baca, Angela – Miniature Melon Bowl

This is one of the smallest melon bowl by Angela Baca we have seen!  There are 16 melon ribs, and each is carved into the clay and then individually stone polished.  On this bowl, even the space between the ribs is left matte for a visual contrast to the deeply carved ribs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Baca, Angela – Melon Jar with 24 Ribs

Angela Baca was famous throughout her career for her melon ribbed pottery.  The form is derived from the melon and squash grown in the area and so there is always an organic style to the shape.  This piece is more of a jar, with a slight neck. The jar has 24 carved ribs and the entire surface is fully polished, even between the ribs!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Feather Design (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)

This large jar by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces in both shape and design.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a feather pattern which encircles the shoulder of the jar.  Above the feather pattern is a cloud design. The deep black firing and the tightly painted designs using the matte clay work perfectly together.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!

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$ 4,200.00
Coriz, Arthur & Hilda  – Large Bowl with Plant Designs (1980’s)

This is very large bowl by Arthur and Hilda Coriz.  Hilda would coil build each piece and then they would be painted by Arthur. The painting was done with natural clay slips (white and red) and then wild spinach (black).  This striking large jar is painted with a classic Kewa (Santo Domingo) plant design encircling the piece.  Arthur alternated the direction the plants, giving the jar a more dramatic appearance.  The lower section is polished red and note on the base that the initial coils seem visible.  There is a “spirit line” or break in the painted design on the rim, which then extends down through the entire design!  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is not often that we see their pottery and especially with the use of such classic designs!

 

$ 1,850.00
Vigil, Albert & Josephine – Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Albert and Josephine Vigil worked together on their pottery. Albert Vigil (1927-2009) was the son of painter Romando Vigil, one of the members of the San Ildefonso School of watercolor artists.  He as also a nephew of Maria Martinez. His wife was Josephine Cordova Vigil (1927-2001) from Taos Pueblo. She moved to San Ildefonso when she married Albert. Josephine learned pottery making by watching her aunts-in-law Maria Martinez and Clara Montoya. Maria taught her how to shape the clay and Clara taught her how to polish.  They began making pottery in 1945.  This  This is a larger piece of their pottery with a wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is painted with a feather pattern which extends down from the neck to the shoulder.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Albert + Josephine”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair

 

$ 875.00
Melchor, Santana – Wide Bowl with Birds (1970’s)

Santana Melchor was one of the great potters from Santo Domingo throughout the 1900’s.  In 1974 she was part of the delegation of Pueblo potters who visited the White House as a guest of first lady Pat Nixon.  This bowl is a very classic piece of her pottery.  It is fully polished red on the inside and the base.  The body is slipped with a white clay and then painted with the black wild spinach plant. The design has two different Santo Domingo style birds, along with plant designs.  Note the firm lines int he painting!  There is also a spirit line painted on the rim.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Santana Melchor”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Adams, Sadie – Tile with Hopi Bird

Sadie Adams is one of the great names in Hopi pottery throughout the 1900’s.  There was a creativity in her shapes and use of Hopi and Sikyatki designs.  As well, there was a wonderful perseverance in her work for nearly a century!  This is one of her tiles.  It is painted with a Hopi or Sikyatki style bird.  The sections of the bird are paitned with rain, wind and cloud designs.  The tile is fully polished and traditionally fired.  It is signed on the back with her hallmark and name.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is certainly and beautiful example of her pottery and painting skill.

$ 400.00
Cheeda, Zella – Plate with Geometric Designs (1970’s)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This bowl has a very tightly painted classic migration pattern as the design.  The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The original price tag from when it was purchased in the 1970’s is still on the bottom! Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 175.00
Aragon, Florence – Jar with Rainbow Band and Rain Clouds

Florence Aragon was one of the great traditional Acoma potters.  This water jar is indicative of the influence of her pottery and the continuation of traditional designs and forms. The jar is the traditional water jar or “olla”. The high shoulder and sloping neck are part of this form. The jar is painted with a rainbow band which encircles the jar.  The band is slipped with a red clay.  Above and below the band are cloud and rain designs.  The imagery is tightly painted with fine lines and accents of red clay slip.  The bottom of the jar is indented in the traditional manner when the pots were made to be worn on the head to carry water!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Martinez, Maria -Bowl with Cloud Designs (Maria + Popovi, 1956-9)

This is an unusual design by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The bowl is highly polished had painted with a cloud pattern around the shoulder.  The high polish of the bowl is a striking contrast to the simple painted design.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956 and 1959 before Popovi began to add the firing date.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

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$ 2,300.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Feather & Rain Design (Maria + Popovi, 1956-9)

This is a traditional jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has a feather design on two sections and a mountain and rain pattern in two opposing sections. The jar has a sloping shoulder which shows off the design.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956 and 1959 before Popovi began to add the firing date.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

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$ 2,400.00
Tahbo, Mark  – 16″ Wide Eagle Tail Shoulder Jar (1999)

This is a striking very large wide shoulder jar by Mark Tahbo.  The jar is a classic Hopi or Sikytaki shape, with the wide shoulder and a slight neck. The neck is just slightly turned out, which for Mark, it was the little details in his pottery which were important to him.  The shoulder of the jar is painted with an intricate eagle tail design.  Mark would often try and stylize patterns so that they were not just a repetition of previous work.  Here, the tail feathers can be seen in the center of the design, and then the wings extruding outward and mottled.  The jar was painted with bee-weed (black) and then clay slips.  Note that he used a deep red clay, but also a mauve clay slip in the center areas.  It was only around 1998-9 that he began to use the mauve clay, which he found near Hopi.  It was difficult to use and he didn’t have much, so he used it as an accent in his designs.  The jar is traditionally fired and the blushes are simply amazing!  The color variations range from white to orange almost red!  Mark worked diligently to create blushes on the surface of the pottery so that they would almost function as another design element!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Mark Tahbo” and dated ’99.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The owners of the jar acquired it directly from Mark. Finding pieces of his this size, design and coloration is a great testament to his skill as a potter and painter!

$ 5,000.00
Laate, Jennie – Clay Zuni Owl (1980’s)

Jennie Laate was among the most important revival potters at Zuni in the 1970’s.  This miniature owl clay figure.  It is coil built and in the style of the classic Zuni owls.  She has painted the feathers onto the surface of the piece.  It signed on the bottom and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The last photo is of the owl next to the large jar which is online relative to scale.

$ 75.00
Ortiz, Seferina – Storyteller Mocassin with 14 Kids (1970’s)

Seferina Ortiz is the matriarch of a family of renowned potters, including Virgil Ortiz, Janice Ortiz, and Lisa Holt. This is an unusual storyteller which is in the shape of a shoe or moccasin.  There are fourteen “windows” carved out of the piece and each one had a child in the window!  It is a charming piece and structurally amazing that it survived the firing with all the little windows!  It is slipped with the white Cochiti clay and then painted with wild spinach (black) and red clay slip and fired.  The piece is signed on the inside.  It was traditionally fired and in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely an exceptional piece by this historically important potter!

$ 900.00
Lewis, Lucy – Large Double Sided Canteen with Lizard & Bird Wing Designs (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This large canteen is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant.  It is not often that we see pieces of hers this size and with such extensive intricate designs.  The canteen has a flat base and it is painted on the front and back with a spiraling bird wing pattern.  It is this type of painting which would later become the “op-art” of Acoma pottery in the 1980’s. The central medallion on the front has a lizard painted with red clay accents.  Note the little white dots on the tail of the lizard!  The handles are also painted and there is a leather strap.  The canteen is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair, but a few little areas of wear and spalling which can be seen in the photos.  Interestingly, this canteen has an interesting provenance.  There is a photo which accompanies the canteen with Lucy holding it. In the photo, it looks like it had a red ribbon with it, but that has been lost.  The canteen is also published with another photo of Lucy holding it in the book, “14 Families in Pueblo Pottery” by Rick Dillingham.  It’s rare to see a piece that has such a great provenance of photos of the artist with the piece and published as well!

$ 5,800.00
Tapia, Belen – Red Carved Jar with Mountain Designs (1970’s)

Belen Tapia was a diverse potter creating everything from painted to carved pottery.  This jar is from the 1970’s and at that time she was making primarily carved pottery.  Belen Tapia was a niece of Sara Fina Tafoya and the mother of Anita Suazo, and Anna Archuleta.  This jar is very deeply carved with a mountain or kiva step pattern on two sides.  Separating the mountains are cloud, wind and rain patterns.  It is unusual as it is a very fluid design across the surface.  The neck of the jar is just slightly turned out. The surface is highly polished and the background area has the traditional cream-colored clay slip.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Bowl with Cloud Designs (1920’s)

This is a classic bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This bowl has a cloud and rain pattern painted on the shoulder.  It is a strong graphic image on the bowl.  It was fired a deep black with some areas of gunmetal coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ramona”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is definitely a classic piece of her pottery!

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$ 800.00
Pena, Juanita – Large Bowl with Rain Designs (1920’s)

This is a striking larger bowl by Juanita Pena. This bowl is an earlier piece of her pottery.  It is fully polished and painted with a rain design. The little “dots” of rain on the design are definitely a signature of her painting style.  The designs are definitely an unusual one with the geometric flow of pattern from one section to the next.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.  

$ 1,200.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Large Awatovi Star Design Jar

This is a classic wide shoulder jar by Helen Naha, also known as “Feather Woman”.  She created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This jar has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  The shape of the jar has a more open mouth, which reveals more of the painted imagery when viewing from the side.  Just above the shoulder is her “eternity band” design.  The inside of the bowl is also polished, which Helen tried to do on most of her pottery when she could reach her hand inside.  The jar has been traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.

$ 2,800.00
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Tafoya, Camilio – Jar with Eagle Feather Pattern (1975)

his miniature jar by Camilio Tafoya is from  by Camilio is from 1975. It is etched with a feather pattern around the neck.  At the base the piece is polished and there is a single flower also etched into the surface of the clay.  It is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair..

$ 500.00 $ 250.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou Roybal – Large Feather Plate (1970’s)

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s. This bowl is one of her few plates.  The surface is stone polished and painted with a classic feather design. The back is matte.  Her feathers always had distinctive sharp appearance in their shape.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.

$ 900.00
Aguilar, Joe – Plate with Koshari Clown and Dog (1950’s)

This is a charming plate by Joe Aguilar.  He began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques for the polychrome or black-on-white pottery. This plate is painted with a stylized koshari clown as the design.  Off to the side is a dog sitting, watching the dancer.  It is an unusual design, as koshari are rarely if ever depicted in Pueblo pottery.  I was told that he was part of the clown group and so that is why he was able to paint the clowns on his pottery.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.  It is from the Dick Howard collection and his inventory number is still on the back.

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$ 800.00
Aguilar, Joe – Terrace Bowl with Avanyus (1950’s)

This is certainly one of the most exceptional pieces we have seen by Joe Aguilar.  He began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques for the polychrome or black-on-white pottery. This unique piece is a terraced bowl. The mountain steps are on one side and the center of the bowl is meant to represent the lake below the mountains. There are two avanyu painted along the interior sides of the bowl.  The bowl was traditionally fired and there is a slight dark cast to the cream colored clay due to the smoke in the firing. The interesting part of the firing, however, is that on the bottom you can see fingerprints of where he handled the bowl before it was fired!  The bowl is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the bottom, “Joe Aguilar”.

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$ 950.00
Aguilar, Joe – Bowl with Rain Cloud Designs (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This wide bowl is slipped red on the inside and creame on the outside.  It is painted in black with a rain cloud and rain designs. The use of the lines in his design was a signature of his painting.  On this bowl the pattern is repeated four times.  The bowl is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the bottom, “Joe Aguilar”.

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$ 650.00
Naranjo, Dominguita Sisneros – Bowl with Incised Mesa Designs

Dominguita Sisneros Naranjo is a daughter of noted Ohkay Owingeh potter Tomasita Montoya and a sister of Rosita de Herrera. This bowl is coil built and the top rim is pushed down in an undulating manner.  The top and bottom are fully polished red.  Interestingly, this is either an early piece of her pottery, or she found some of her mother’s old slip, as the red on this piece is the deep red from the earlier Ohkay Owingeh pottery. The body of the bowl is tan polished and incised with a mesa and cloud motif. The incised area is lightly slipped with a micaceous clay.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dominguita Sisneros”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Montoya, Tomasita – Incised Red & Tan Water Jar (1960’s)

Tomasita Montoya is one of the early revivalists in San Juan pottery.  She was one of the original seven San Juan potters who revived the art form in the 1930’s.  The Pueblo was renown for their pottery but by about 1890 there were no potters left. In 1930 Regina Cata organized a pottery study group at San Juan Pueblo with the intent of revitalizing pottery production. The group studied ancient potsherds of wares made at San Juan in earlier times and selected Potsuwi‘i Incised Ware (1450-1500) as a basis for a contemporary pottery type.  This jar is one of her classic incised water jars.  The neck and base are both fully polished red.  The center section is incised with a square pattern.  There is just a bit of mica used to highlight the incised designs.  This jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tomasita Montoya”.

$ 500.00
Redbird, Ida – Large Plainware Bowl

Ida Redbird is one of the best known of the potters involved in the revival of Maricopa pottery from 1937-40. She was featured in Arizona Highways in 1948. Her pottery is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and they are twice fired.  This is one of her few plainware pieces.  It is larger in size and fully polished on the outside.   Although it is plain, it is a great color and a classic of Maricopa pottery!  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Ida Redbird” on the bottom.  It comes with the newspaper article about her passing in 9171.

$ 400.00
Virginia Romero – “Hobnail” Rim Micaceous Bowl (1967)

This is a fascinating piece by Virginia Romero. She is one of the great names in keeping micaceous pottery alive at Taos Pueblo.  This bowl is one of her pieces from the 1967 and it is micaceous clay (clay with mica), which was often used for utilitarian pottery.  The bowl has a “hobnail” design, which are the bumps which encircle the rim of the piece.  There are some great fire clouds on the bowl.  Interestingly, it has been over four years since we had a piece of her pottery come back to the gallery!  The bowl is signed and dated on the bottom, “Virginia Romero, 12/67”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Garcia, Tina – Long Neck Jar with Fluted Rim

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This jar is a classic shape with a long neck and a sharp shoulder.  The rim is fluted and it is also fully polished on the inside.  Typical of her pottery is an elegant shape and the stone polished surface is stunning.  It is signed on the bottom and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Leaping Grasshoppers” Seedpot (1997)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997.  The piece is entitled, “Leaping Grasshoppers”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed side view are two geometrically designed and color-toned grasshoppers.  Representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries. Both grasshoppers appear to be leaping.  Beneath the plant-eating insects is a higly polished red slipwork symbolic of Mother Earth.  Swirled and jagged to denote “Her” terrain, MOther Earth’s surface is only sparsely vegetated.”

The butterfly etched on the back is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.   This piece was actually purchased at our gallery show for Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998! Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Lone Chipmunk” (1986)

This is a charming miniature by Joseph Lonewolf  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This seedpot is entitled, “Lone Chipmunk”.  Joseph wrote of this piece:

“Comprising the front side of this minature is a cheerful, alert, sun-loving little animal, a lone chipmunk.  Below the handsome hoarder, at the base, is the symbol of beauty, a tiny butterfly.  Encircling the chipmunk and comprising the back side are designs symbolic of sun rays and the natural habitat (of the chipmunk).

The surface is fully polished red and there are additional black, white, green and blue clay slips added to create the colorations.  The yearly symbol for 1986 is a “heart” which represents love and Lonewolf says, “in particular a deep devotion for the ancestors and Mother Earth”.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Call to The Creatures” (1984)

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This seedpot is entitled, “Call to the Creatures”.  Joseph wrote of this piece:

“The time has come…the People must stock up on food and clothing once again.  Standing upon the design symbolic of his pathway, the flute player lifts his flute and calls the creatures on the back side of this creation.  Encircled by the musical story coming from his flute, the flute player, symbolic of leadership, tells the rabbit, antelope, ram, and fish to come forth and provide the people all they require”.

This seedpot is very intricately designed with a fourish of the flute player on the piece. There is an additional green clay slip used to highlight the piece. The yearly symbol for 1984 is near the base and it is a rainbow, symbolising a bright future.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It includes the original card with the information on the piece.

$ 2,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Secreted Fawn” Seedpot (1998)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1998.  The piece is entitled, “Secreted Fawn”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  This piece was actually made for our show at the gallery with Joseph and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998.   Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed against a blue sky background is a single realistically designed Mule Deer fawn, most of which are born in June or July.  Nestled, side view, in an abundance of sheltered valley grasses, remote to other members of the heard, the fawn is partially encircled by eight yellow disked, red tipped daisy blossoms, which denote all that is sweet, or pleasant, in life.

Three small realistically designed cabbage white  butterflies, symbolic of beauty in life, are portrayed with the fawn.  two wings about the new born in a delicate, unhurried flight and one alight on the tip of the newborn’s right ear.”

On the back of the seedpot in the red is a Mule Deer buck, doe and fawn sketched into the clay.  They are inspired by the Mimbres pottery designs of the 11th century.  The interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,000.00
Naha, Sylvia – Jar with Lizard & Corn Plant Designs

Sylvia Naha created pieces with the white clay polished surface painted with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips.  Throughout the 1980’s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters.  Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design.  This jar has two of her classic designs, the lizards and the corn plants. Each lizard is painted with a series of triangular geometrics.  They are painted at a slant on the jar.  Separating the lizards are two corn plants. Corn has strong symbolism for prosperity and abundance.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”.

$ 800.00
Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Large Water Jar with Birds (1980’s)

This is a large water jar by Joy Navasie.  It is slipped with the white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black).  The shape is a classic for her with a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The neck has a single band of rain and cloud designs. The sides of the jar are fully painted in four panels.  Two panels are birds and the other two are bird tail designs. The black painted with bee-weed (a plant) and the red is a deeper red clay she began to use in the 1980’s.  The jar is fully polished, even on the inside!  It has been traditionally fired so there are some variations in the coloration from white to almost a pinkish color.   The jar is signed on the bottom with her Frog Hallmark.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. 

$ 1,800.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Seedpot with Frogs (1981)

This is a classic stylized seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is fully polished and etched in his signature “asymmetrical’ manner, meaning there are two medallions but they are not on opposite side, and there is a section which is just plain.  In one of the medallions, there are four frogs and a central lily pad.  They are surrounded by a feather pattern.  The second medallion also has a circle of feathers and in the center is a stylized bird.  Separating the two is a design with three prayer feathers.  The piece is from 1981 when he signed his work with his name and a flute player.  The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.r repair.

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$ 600.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Jar with Feather (1972)

This is a very early piece by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is a tall jar which is fully polished and carved around the shoulder. The carved design is a single feather, which he has etched into to the clay.  The remainder of the jar is plain.  It was only in 1972 that Art began to make pottery and this piece is signed with his earlies signature, “Haungooah”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

 

$ 100.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Bowl with Pueblo Bird (1972)

This is a very early piece by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is an open bowl and it is fully polished. The design is etched into one side of the piece. There is a single Pueblo style bird with deep etching around the design.  The remainder of the bowl is plain.  It was only in 1972 that Art began to make pottery and this piece is signed with his earlies signature, “Haungooah”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click below:

Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

 

$ 250.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Red and Brown Bowl with Feather Pattern (1977)

This is bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1975.  The style of this bowl was some of the favorite work that Art made during his career.  Here, the top of the bowl is slipped with a brown clay, while the bottom half is red.  The bowl is etched around the center with a stylized feather pattern.  The area around the design is more deeply etched to reveal the tan clay. The bowl was made by Martha, while Art did the polishing and designs.  The bowl is indented on the bottom and also fully polished.  It is signed, “Art & Martha Haungooah, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1977”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

$ 575.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Jar with Fox and Feathers (1975)

This is a charming jar by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1975.  The jar is fully polished and has design just around the neck of the piece.  The design is a fox out in the lightning and as the jar is turned there is a feather pattern.  The remainder of the jar is highly polished.  Interestingly, the jar is not signed on the bottom, but on the side!  It is signed, “Haungooah, 3-20-75”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

$ 500.00
Nahsonhoya, Agnes – Carved Seedpot with Bird

Agnes Nahsonhoya is a daughter of noted potter Pauline Setalla and a niece of Eunice “Fawn” Navasie. She is also the sister of Dee Setalla and Stetson Setalla. She learned to make pottery from her mother and her aunt. Her pieces are signed her name and also a bear paw, as she is bear clan.  This seedpot is coil built and carved with a bird circling the side and top of the piece.  The sections of the bird are carved into the clay and consist of rain and cloud patterns.  The head of the bird sprials onto the top of the piece.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 300.00
Haungooah, Art Cody & Martha – Bowl with Howling Coyote and Moon (1976)

This is one of the few pieces signed by both Art Cody Haungooah and his wife, Martha.  Martha made the small jar and polished the surface.  Art Cody etched the design.  The central medallion is a howling coyote.  In front of the coyote is a quarter moon.  On the opposite side of the moon is a stylized bird.  There is just a slight lip to the jar.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Art & Martha Haungooah  1976”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

$ 500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Bowl with Cloud Designs (1960’s)

This red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl is fired red and the cloud design around the rim  is also painted in a matte red clay.  The design is outlined with a white clay.  This is a style which Margaret began in the 1940’s and continued through the 1960’s.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small ding under one of the cloud patterns.  Note as well the color variation as the bowl is turned.  This is the result of the traditional firing.

$ 2,800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Jar with Warriors and Animals (1970’s)

This is a classic polychrome jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, Luther,  would paint them.  This jar is one of their classic shapes with a round body and slight neck.  Allt he various colors are derived from native clay slips.  There are four medallions on the jar.  Two have warriors or hunters and the other two have animals (a bear and a mountain lion). The bear and mountain lion both have heartlines as part of their designs.  Note the various clay colors used on this jar, including the green and orange.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Margaret / Luther” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Avanyu (Maria Popovi 365)

This is a long neck water jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has the classic water serpent (avanyu) painted around the shoulder. This particular shape, with the round body and the elongated neck, is one which is easily one of Maria’s most famous forms.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 365“. The signature indicates that it was made around in March, 1965.  Interestingly, there is also the invoice from the original purchase!  What a great addition to the provenance.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,500.00
Gutierrez, Denny -Faceted Melon Jar with Lid (2006)

Denny Gutierrez was known for his faceted melon bowls. As opposed to carving them, he would flatten out each rib out to create a “faceted” appearance.  The result was a reflective surface and a very striking piece of pottery.  This jar has 32 melon ribs which are straight at the shoulder and then swirl below the shoulder.  The area above the melon ribs is polished and the lid is also fully polished.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Denny Gutierrez Santa Clara 06”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Gonzales, Rose – Carved Plate with Bird Design

Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  This is a large plate with a very deeply carved bird as the design.  The edge of the plate has a cloud pattern and the bird is carved in a very modernist manner.  It has been highly fired and as with much of her work there are gunmetal fired areas of coloration.  The back of the plate is also fully polished.  It is signed, “Rose” in the clay.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches on both the front and back.  Rose’s legacy an certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 1,400.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Wedding Vase with Mountain & Kiva Step Pattern (1960’s)

This is a very traditionally designed wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1960’s.  It is fully polished and carved.  The design is a kiva step and rain pattern which is repeated on both sides.  There is a mountain design carved into the opposite sides.  The shape of the spouts with the squared ends is also typical of Margaet’s work throughout her career.  This piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.

$ 9,500.00
Shutiva-Hista, Jackie – Corrugated Water Jar

Jackie Shutiva-Hista (b. 1961) is a daughter of noted potter Stella Shutiva.  She learned to make pottery from her mother who was known for her corrugated pottery. This water jar is fully corrugated, which simply means that the coils are left exposed and they are pressed down using a tool or the potter’s finger.  Jackie typically uses her finger to impress the clay, creating this stylistic appearance.  Her mother’s corrugated style of pottery was inspired by pre-historic style corrugated vessels.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “J. Shutiva”.

$ 175.00
Koopee, Jacob -19″ Wide Open Bowl with Migration Pattern & Cradledolls

This is an amazing large open bowl by Jacob Koopee.  Jake was known for his large pieces and his variations on traditional Hopi-Tewa designs.  This large open bowl is coil built and it is painted on the outside and the inside. On the outside there is the classic migration pattern.  Jake had an ability to paint the fine lines of the pattern thin and even. The inside of the bowl is also fully painted with hand prints and cradle dolls.  Each of the cradle dolls is a different katsina, including a Qooqule, Grandmother, Runner and other figures.  The small hand prints were meant to represent the children given the cradle dolls as gifts.  The bowl is signed on the bottom with a flute player, which was one of Jake’s signatures.  This immense bowl is a striking example of his skill as both potter and painter.  It is traditionally fired and painted with bee weed (black) and natural clay slips.  Jake won numerous awards during his career including “Best of Show” in 2005 at both Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Market.  I was lucky to have been a pottery judge both years at both events, and it was exciting to see an artist create such dynamic work.

$ 16,000.00
House, Conrad – Modern Fetish Bowl and Prayer Sticks (1988)

This is an exceptional piece by multi-media artist Conrad House (1956-2001).  Much like me, you might be familiar with the name “Conrad House”, but not necessarily award of his art.  He was Dine/Oneida and his work was significant in redefining Indian art, utilizing many art mediums to preserve symbols and images of his culture and world cultures. His works are in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Portland Art Museum, Wheelwright Museum, Heard Museum, Navajo Nation Museum and numerous museums and galleries around the world.  In 2002, the Heard Museum Guild created the “Conrad House Award for the Most Innovative Artist. Winners of the Conrad House Award include Marilou Schultz, Travis Emerson, D. Y. Begay, Polly Rose Folwell, Barbara Teller Ornelas, Marvin Oliver, Pat Pruitt, Jason Garcia, Warren Coriz, Melissa S. Cody, Orlando Dugi, Ryan Lee Smith, Susan Folwell, Berdine Begay, Shan Goshorn, ShoSho Esquiro, and Marlowe Katoney.  In 2006, the University of New Mexico’s Art Museum held a retrospective of his art entitled, “A Life in Balance: The Art of Conrad House”.

This set is what Conrad referred to as a “Sacred Toy”. It is a contemporary version of the historic Zuni Fetish bowl and reflects his “obsession with the duality of daily life”.  Here the jar is made from clay the surface is a metallic glaze, which almost looks like glass.  The fetishes around the outsides are all badgers, except for the one light blue one, which is a pick up truck.  The side of the jar has a hole for “feeding the fetishes”.  Inside the jar is a clay “x” instead of the more traditional cornmeal, which reflects Conrad’s desire to create an “innovative sacred vessel for the future”.  The two prayer sticks are also glazed and each has a bear fetish attached to the stick.  There are tabs on each of the two prayer sticks, which are painted like pottery shards, which are signed and dated, as part of the set.  There is certainly the mixture of the traditional and the modern in this work.  The set is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It was purchased directly from the artist and the more detailed information about the piece itself comes from his sister.

$ 4,000.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Bowl with Lightning Designs (1970’s)

This is one of the smaller pieces we have had by Santana and Adam Martinez.  Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50’s. The entire surface is fully polished.  The design is painted around the shoulder of the bowl.  It is a rain and lightning pattern.  The bowl was traditionally fired to a very dark black appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece!

$ 350.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Lightning Design (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is one of her distinctive shapes which has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck.  The design is painted on the polished surface with a very modernist style.  There is a rainbow band with rain and lightning designs below.  As the jar is turned there is a double lightning pattern.  It is a complex design but striking and note as well how the firing of the black has created areas of gunmetal coloration!  Below the shoulder is a checkerboard pattern.  The jar was made and polished by Tonita and painted by Juan Cruz, her husband. It is signed, “Tonita + Juan” on the bottom in the clay. It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read about the Early San Ildefonso Innovators

$ 2,400.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

This is a small bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The bowl is fully carved with a water serpent as a design.  As the bowl is turned the body of the water serpent (avanyu) creates cloud and lightning designs.  The mouth and eye of the avanyu are painted onto the clay, which was very typical of this time.  While Margaret was known for her large vessels, why make something so small?  The reason is that potters of her generation would not ‘throw away” clay that was not used, but also not mix a large portion of it with the new clay.  So, when they were running out of clay, they would often make smaller vessels like this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 875.00
Baca, Angela – Round Melon Bowl with 24 Ribs

This is a classic round melon bowl by Angela Baca.  It is very deeply carved and each rib is stone polished.  On this bowl, even the space between the 24 individual ribs is fully polished!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
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Cain, Mary – Bowl with Cloud and Wind Designs

Mary Cain was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and a granddaughter of SaraFina Tafoya.  Her granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock, continue a family tradition of making exceptional pottery.  She was known for her classic style Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is carved with a cloud and wind pattern which encircles the piece.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Cain”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  One great piece of ephemera with the bowl is one of her business cards!

$ 300.00 $ 250.00
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Feather Design (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)

This is a classic jar by Maria Martinez.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a feather pattern which encircles the shoulder of the jar.  The shape of the bowl has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. The feather are painted very tightly from the rim to the neck. The bottom of the jar is indented and signed in the clay.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 1,800.00
Begaye, Nathan – Large Polychrome Jar with Cloud Swirls

Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his work flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space.  His pottery used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This large jar by Nathan is coil built and stone polished vertically to create an “onion skin” appearance to the surface.  The jar is then painted with different clay slips of various colors. All his different colors were always natural clays.  The design on this jar takes it inspiration from the ancient Tularosa pottery and their swirl patterns, as well as the cloud designs on Hopi pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

$ 1,100.00
Roybal, Tonita – Large Bowl with Rain and Bird Wing Designs (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is a large bowl with very complex designs. The bowl was made and polished by Tonita and painted by Juan Cruz, her husband. The design is a bird wing pattern along with both fine-line and hatchwork patterns, which are certainly a signature of Juan’s painting.  IT works beautifully on this bowl to create a complex variation of design and yet still reveal the highly polished surface.  The bowl is signed, “Tonita + Juan” on the bottom in the clay. It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small ding on the rim.   This bowl has an interesting provenance as if you note the tags on the bottom, it is from the collection of Dick Howard.  It was one of the pieces featured in his 2002 catalog of her work.  It’s always fun to see pieces come back from that exhibition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 3,600.00
Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Large Bowl with Avanyu & Green Heartline Bear

Tse-Pe Gonzales was a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales.  This is one of his larger pieces.  It has a central medallion which is polished green and etched with a bear. There is a single inset piece of shell hei-shi for the eye.  The remainder of the bowl is slipped with a micaceous clay.  There is a water serpent encircling the bowl and there is a piece of turquoise hei-shi for the eye.  The green clay slip for the central design was a natural slip which Tse-Pe used over the years.  Note as well the stippling of the matte areas around the designs.  This style was a visual signature to Tse-Pe’s technique.  It is signed on the bottom with Tse-Pe’s hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Sanchez, Angelita – Red Bowl with Feathers & Rainclouds

This is a large bowl by Angelita Sanchez.  It is a classic round shape and polished red. The designs are painted with a matte clay.  There are two sections of eagle feathers and two sections with rainclouds.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and has a classic red coloration. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angelita Sanchez”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Angelita was a daughter of Isabel Antencio and a sister of painter Gilbert Atencio and potter Helen Gutierrez. She did not make a lot of pottery over the years.

$ 400.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Mountain Design (Maria Popovi 660)

This is a wide jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has a distinctive step or mountain design around the shoulder of the piece.  The three lines around the rim are typical of Popovi Da’s work.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 660“. The signature indicates that it was made around in June, 1960, making it an early dated piece.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub on the shoulder.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 4,000.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Bowl with Lightning & Mountain Designs (1970’s)

This is a classic bowl by Santana and Adam Martinez.  The piece is very highly polished and perfectly painted with classic mountain and lightning design.  The bowl is traditionally fired with areas of gunmetal coloration to the surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece!

$ 600.00
Tafoya, Legoria – Open Bowl with Handle (1960’s)

Legoria Tafoya Legoria was a sister of painter Pablita Velarde. She was the mother of noted potter Celes Tafoya. This unique open bowl is actually a traditional shape. The form is a “scoop”, the type of which would be used as a serving bowl in traditional pueblo meals. This piece has a slight rim and the handle is braided clay.  The surface is stone polished and the piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
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