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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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Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Water Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

It’s not often that you see “The Perfect” gunmetal piece by Maria Martinez.  This jar is one of those pieces.  The water jar has a fluted rim and a wide shoulder.  There is a slight indention for the shoulder of the jar. However, what makes it so “perfect” is the firing.  It is so perfectly gunmetal in firing that the surface has a silvery appearance. It even appears more gunmetal in low light! The jar is quite extraordinary as the gunmetal color is created from the heat of the firing.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay,  “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Maria Martinez Signatures

 

$ 7,200.00
Martinez, Maria – “Skunk” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a skunk with a plant design.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The skunk is painted much in the way it was on his polychrome pottery.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 6,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Bowl with Mesa and Rain Designs (1980’s)

This  is a smaller red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s. The bowl is fully polished has a carved mesa and rain pattern.  It is a simple pattern but it wonderfully also has a ribbon appearance.  The the carved line below represents the path taken around the mountains.  It is a simple but striking piece.  The carving is deep and it is highly polished.  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.

$ 1,800.00
Chino, Rose – Bowl with Rain Designs (1988)

Rose Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This large bowl is painted with rain and cloud designs. The bowl has a very modernist style with the angular painting.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose Chino”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey.  It has his code number on the bottom that the piece was acquired in 1988.

$ 450.00
Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds & Zia Sun Designs (1971)

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is a large jar in the classic Zia shape. There are painted birds with rainbows on two sides.  On the other two sides are the Zia sun design.  The various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  The jar is signed on the lower side “Sofia Medina, Zia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some slight areas of wear on the surface. The jar comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, who wrote “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” among other books.  He purchased the jar in 1971. Inside there is also some of the basalt temper which is used to make Zia pottery.  Richard noted of this jar, “It is somewhat overfired, but it does not detract from the beauty of his jar”.  Very true!  It is a beautiful jar and exceptional provenance!

$ 1,000.00
Martinez, Maria – “Prancing Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a prancing deer with a plant design below.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The deer is beautifully painted in motion.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 5,800.00
Martinez, Maria – “Pueblo Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9), Published

This is a charming gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a pueblo style deer painted on the surface.  Below the deer is a plant design.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The deer is beautifully painted in motion.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.    The plate is also published in the book, “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” by Richard Spivey, on page 89.  It is always a plus to have a piece which has been published in a significant book for both future authenticity and value.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 6,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950's Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

Maria Martinez Signatures

 

$ 5,300.00
Martinez, Maria – Avanyu Plate (Maria + Popovi 570)

This is classic plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and has a near gunmetal shine.  The avanyu is painted with the traditional horn and clouds around the body. There is a slight curve to the surface and the rim.   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi 570“. The signature indicates that it was fired in May, 1970.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 2,500.00
Begay, L Charley – Jar with Handle (1969)

This jar is by L. Charley Begay.  The jar is coil built and has a handle.  It has been traditionally fired and covered with pine pitch. There is a raised relief design on the rim of the jar.  It received a second place ribbon at the 1969 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials and the artist’s name is on the ribbon. The jar comes from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.

$ 175.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with Feather Pattern

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. Her learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This jar is very highly polished and painted with a feather pattern. There is a striking contrast of the painted areas with the highly polished surface. The shape of the jar is one of her classic shape with the low shoulder. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 775.00
Begaye, Nathan – Melon jar with Birds (1985)

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 work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This is an exceptional jar by Nathan Begaye  The shape has a low shoulder and a slightly turned out neck. The shoulder has melon ribs pushed out in the clay.  Below the shoulder is very detailed painted Hopi style birds.  Check out the very intricate checkerboard patterns.  I remember watching Nathan create those patterns and work with the various colors of clay, all of which are natural.  It was fascinating how he knew which ones he could polish and which ones to leave matte. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 1,500.00
Blue Corn –  Tall Jar 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 jar is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted along the body of the piece.  Around the neck is a triangular mountain design. 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.

$ 2,000.00
Blue Corn – Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. Her learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This jar is very highly polished and painted with a feather and mountain pattern. There is a striking contrast of the painted areas with the highly polished surface. The shape of the jar is one of her classic shape with the low shoulder. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub area shown in the photos.

$ 675.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Kiva Bowl (1940’s)

This is large Kiva Bowl by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1940’s. The bowl is unusual for its size and shape.  The “kiva” is an underground ceremonial room, and there is a ladder out of the top.  The representation of the kiva in Santa Clara pottery is the three step shape carved on the rim of the bowl.  iva bowl are always difficult to make with the carved rim, which can crack in drying as well as in firing.  Adding to the complexity of the bowl is that is fully polished on both the inside and outside!  Amazing that it didn’t crack when polishing, as all the additional wet slip can seep through and cause cracks. The bowl is highly polished and striking in appearance.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 15,000.00
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Prayer Feather Designs (Marie + Santana, 1954-6)

This jar by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a prayer feather pattern which is at an angle and then a cloud and rain design. The painting is very crisp and stands out against the highly polished surface.  There are some small areas which are nearly gunmetal in appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!

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

$ 1,800.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

While Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she began her career making black pottery. This is one of her earlier pieces from the 1960’s and it is deeply carved with an avanyu.  The style of the carving is much like that seen in other early San Ildefonso potters, with a “cameo style”.  The avanyu encircles the shoulder of the bowl.  The piece is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Jar with Cloud and Rain Designs (1980’s)

This is a striking jar by Margaret Tafoya from the 1980’s.  It has one of her very classic swirling cloud patterns, which encompass the central band of the jar.  The imagery has clouds, rain, mountains and lightning patterns.  What makes it the most interesting is that it is very much like similar designs and shape she made in the 1950’s and yet on a smaller scale.  Of course, by this time she was in her late 80’s, so smaller scale was expected!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Trammel, Jennie – Bowl with Rain and Mountain Designs (1970’s)

This is a classic bowl by by Jennie Trammel.   She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows.  However, she created striking pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work.  Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work.  Like many of her bowls, this one is polished on the interior! This always adds more difficulty to the bowl, as the extra moisture from the additional slip inside the bowl can seep out and cause cracking when polishing.  However, the end result is that the inside of the bowl glows as if there is a liquid inside!  The outside of this piece has deeply carved panels with rain and lightning designs. The bowl is highly polished and striking from the firing. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Trammel, Jennie – Jar with Sun and Rain Designs

Stunning!  This is a stunning jar by Jennie Trammel.   She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows.  However, she created striking pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work.  Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work.  This jar is one of her classic shape with the high shoulder. The band is carved with a sun pattern which turns into mountains, clouds and rain. The design is varied as the jar is turned.  The carving is very deep and the piece is a very deep red.  The background area is matte and the traditional creame colored clay slip. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   Definitely one of her classics!

$ 4,500.00
Cordero, Helen – Grandfather Drummer (1970’s)

Helen Cordero is undoubtedly one of the great names in Cochiti pottery.  It was in 1964 that Cordero said she made her first storyteller.  According to her, “I made some more of my Storytellers with lots of children climbing on him to listen, then I took them up to the Santo Domingo Feast Day” and the rest is history.  Her pieces were all males, to honor her grandfather, whom she would hear telling children stories of Pueblo life and culture.  She received the New Mexico Governor’s award in 1982 and the NEA Heritage Fellowship in 1986.  This is one of her classic male or grandfather drummers. Here the figure is holding a drum on his lap and the drumstick in his other hand. Her husband would usually make the drumsticks for her.   Note the intricacy of the painting on the entire piece. She has used a variety of traditional Cochiti designs on the figure.  It is signed  on the bottom, “Helen Cordero”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 9,000.00
Tapia, Tom & Sue – Bowl with Sun and Kiva Opening

This bowl was made and polished by Sue Tapia and etched with designs by Tom Tapia.  It is a very intricate piece of his work as it is fully designed.  The shape of the bowl has a kiva step design on one side.  Around the shoulder is a water serpent and as the bowl is turned there is a Pueblo drummer and Deer Dancer.  The next scene is a Pueblo and bear fetish.  Below the kiva step carved rim is a sun design.  The reddish coloration is added after the firing.  The bowl is signed, “Tom & Sue Tapia”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Roybal, Tonita – Carved Jar with Avanyu (late 1930’s)

This is one of the few carved pieces we have ever seen by Tonita Roybal.  She is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is carved with an avanyu around the body of the piece.  The avanyu is polished while the red of the jar is matte red.  What makes this piece so exceptional is the bottom, which has one of the Santa Fe Indian Market stickers, which they began using in 1936!  It is also signed, “Tonita” in the clay on the bottom.  It is overall in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and certainly one of the most unique pieces of her pottery we have seen.  It’s exciting to see that she excelled in both carved and painted pottery!

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$ 2,800.00
Pena, Juanita – Red Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1930’s)

This wide shoulder bowl by Juanita Pena is from the 1930’s and it is carved with an avanyu as the design.  Juanita and Tony Pena had a particular style to their avanyu with the triangular eye.  As well, the carving was more in the “cameo” style, as note that the avanyu is in raised relief. It is the small details which are so striking on their work, such as the polished rim and the polish at the base of the bowl.  It is signed, “Juanita, San Ildefonso” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 850.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Red Jar with Carved Avanyu (1930’s)

This is a certainly a later jar by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This is one of the only carved pieces of her pottery we have seen. The avanyu is carved in a cameo style, much like that of Rose Gonzales.  Note how the clouds extend down from the neck and the complexity of the head of the avanyu.  It is an exceptional piece by Ramona.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ramona”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. This is definitely a significant and rare piece of her pottery.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,800.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Large Jar with Cloud and Wind Patterns (1920’s)

Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez.  She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This tall jar is a shape that was used by both her and Maria during the 1920’s.  It is a tall shaped jar with a high shoulder.  The jar here is highly polished and has a cloud design painted around the neck and then additional rain and wind designs around the shoulder.  The painted designs here are so bold that they give a very modernistic appearance to the jar. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.

$ 2,000.00
Pena, Isabel – Red & Tan Carved Plate with Avanyu (1930’s)

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of her few carved pieces. It is most likely that she made the plate and then it was carved by her daughter, Terasita.  The style of carving is similar to that of her daughter.  The front of the plate is polished red and carved with an avanyu.  The interior carved area is filled in with the a cream colored clay. The back of the plate is also fully polished and it is tan.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Terasita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 650.00
Pena, Juanita – Black Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1930’s)

This wide shoulder bowl by Juanita Pena is from the 1930’s and it is carved with an avanyu as the design.  Juanita and Tony Pena had a particular style to their avanyu with the triangular eye.  As well, the carving was more in the “cameo” style, as note that the avanyu is in raised relief. It is the small details which are so striking on their work, such as the polished rim and the polish at the base of the bowl.  It is signed, “Tony + Juanita, San Ildefonso” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 950.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Red Bowl with Mountain and Rainbow Design (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the very few red pieces we have seen by Juanita Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a mountain carved with a step design and the arch above is the rainbow. The bowl is highly polished and the red is a deep coloration.  The bowl 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 red pieces in such wonderful condition!

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$ 600.00
Martinez, Terasita & Juan – Large Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1930’s)

This is a fascinating bowl by Terasita Martinez.  She was a daughter of noted potter Isabel Pena. She married Juan Martinez in 1933 and they often worked together on pottery. She also helped her mother with the carving on her pottery.  Terasita’s pottery is very distinctive with the reverse carved style of avanyu.  As well, she had such a short lifespan that she did not make that much pottery, and even less of it seems to have survived over time.  Interestingly, we see have come across pieces of her pottery mis-attributed to “Terasita Naranjo”.  However, the carving style  and designs are completely different. This jar is signed, “Terasita & Juan”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 900.00
Roybal, Tonita – Water Jar with Avanyu Design (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is a classic shape for Tonita, with the low, round shoulder and the turned out rim.  What is unusual is the use of the avanyu or water serpent, as the design.  She painted a variety of designs, but very rarely depicted the water serpent on her pottery. The jar here is fired to a near gunmetal finish and  it is delicately painted and beautifully polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 2,400.00
Roybal, Tonita – Terraced Bowl with Cloud Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is an extraordinary piece of her pottery.  It is one of her few terraced bowls.  They step shape in the form is representative of mountains. Both the inside and the outside are painted with very fine cloud and rain patterns.  The painting is simply exquisite!  The bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside.  It is in exceptional condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  On the bottom is the original sticker with her name and you can just see a bit of her signature.  I didn’t want to remove the sticker (which has probably been there for 90 years!) and risk damaging the signature or bottom.  However, it is one of her most unique and special forms.  Outstanding!

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$ 2,200.00
Pena, Isabel – Jar with Step Pattern and Lid

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is an exceptional jar by Isabel Pena.  It is one of the only lidded pieces of hers we have come across.  The jar is painted with a mountain step pattern and the lid is also painted.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

 

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$ 800.00
Gonzales, Rayita – Carved Jar with Avanyu (1930’s)

Rayita Gonzales was a sister of Louis  “Wo-Peen” Gonzales and Raymoncita Gonzales.  She did not make much pottery but it was mostly during the 1930’s. This carved jar is an excellent example of her pottery with a carved water serpent encircling the jar. The style of her carving is very distinctive and especially on the neck with the carving of the lightning and clouds into the negative space.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rayita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

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$ 850.00
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”.

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$ 1,500.00
Aguilar, Susana -Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very distinctive bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the 1920’s and it is fully polished and fired to a near gunmetal appearance.  The style of her avanyu is very distinctive with the shape of the horn and the way she painted the mouth. The avanyu of her son, Joe Aguilar, is in very much the same style.  The shape of the bowl is also very classic for her work, with thin walls and a very flat top after the curve of the shoulder.  The bottom of the bowl is also fully polished.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has some scratches on the rim.

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$ 875.00
Roybal, Tonita – Bowl with Fineline Mountain and Plant Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This has long been one of my favorite bowls by Tonita.  The shape is perfect with the sharp shoulder and sloping angle.  The design is boldly painted with a mountain pattern which has lines painted in the center.  There are additional small plant designs.  Like much of her work, it is the gunmetal coloration, achieve during the heat of the firing, which gives the bowl its dynamic appearance.  The silver surface above the shoulder accentuate the design and give it a dynamic appearance. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

$ 1,800.00
Roybal, Tonita -Tall Red Jar with Feather Designs (Late 1930’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is simply a classic long neck jar by Tonita.  The jar is a shape which is visually associated with her pottery. The high shoulder, the elongated neck define the elegance of the shape. The entire piece is fully polished red. The designs are red-on-red with a striking feather pattern separated by a bird tail design. The painting was done by Juan Cruz Roybal, her husband. There are white clay slip areas along with his signature “dots” and the hatchmarks.  The jar is from the late 1930’s and has the sticker of “approval” used at the Santa Fe Indian Market after 1936.  The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.

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$ 5,500.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Red Bowl with Rain Designs (1926)

This is an exceptional bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  What makes it exceptional is that is one of her few red pieces.  It is also very early for redware. The bowl was deacessioned from the Denver Art Museum, and it was originally acquired there in 1926.  The original catalog number and date are on the bottom!  Consider that Carl Guthe writes that it was only in 1925 that San Ildefonso potters began making redware and one realizes how significant this piece is as a historical marker!  The bowl is painted red-on-red with a rain and cloud design.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 900.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Handles and Lightning Designs (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This amazing long neck jar is simply one of the most unique we have had of her pieces.  The jar has a long neck and two handles on the side.  The neck of the jar is painted by Juan and has a angular lightning pattern. There is also his signature hatchmark designs on the jar.  The handles are also painted with design! However, what makes the jar so dynamic is the gunmetal coloration to the firing.  It is seems to have a glow from within with the overall metallic appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

$ 3,000.00
Aguilar, Susana – Large Plate with Butterfly Design (1920’s)

It is not often that we see such a large plate by Susana Aguilar.  This is a striking piece of her pottery from the 1920’s.  It is as much an open bowl as a large plate. The front is slipped and highly polished while the back is wet polished.  The design is very intricately painted with a butterfly or moth as the design.  Interestingly, the word for both “moth” and “butterfly” is the same in Tewa (Thanks for the info Russell!!).  The design combines geometric and fine line elements. The butterfly shape can be seen with antennae at the top, the wings at the side.  I took a variety of different angles for the photos to show off both the polish and the design. The plate is signed on the back in clay slip, “Susanna”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 2,400.00
Pena, Isabel – Large Jar with Snow Patterns

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of the largest of her black-on-black bowls we have seen. It  has a snow pattern as the design.  It is a complex pattern that encompasses the surface of the jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel Pena”.  It is in good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few little rubs and a small chip on the inside of the rim.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 600.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Large Bowl with Carved Rain Designs (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the larger bowls we have had  by Juanita and Wo-Peen Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a flowing design on the shoulder with rain and lightning designs separated by mountains.  The carving is deep and perfectly fits the shape of the bowl.  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!

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$ 1,200.00
Martinez, Maria – Polychrome Plate with Butterfly Design (1920’s)

This small plate by Maria Martinez is one of the few polychrome pieces by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian. The plate is from the early 1920’s and it is painted with a butterfly design on the front. The center of the butterfly has a lightning bolt painted.  It is perfectly painted and fired. The plate is signed on the back on the rim “Marie”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 2,300.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Red Bowl with Rain Patterns (late 1920’s)

This is an early red-on-red painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  It was only after 1925 that red pottery appeared at San Ildefonso Pueblo. This bowl is a classic shape and beautifully painted. There are such delicate fine lines to the rain and cloud pattern.  The bowl is signed, “Ramona” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. However, still a fascinating historic piece.

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$ 800.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Red Jar with Snake Handles (1930’s)

This is an extraordinary jar by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.   Not only is this jar red, but it also has handles in the shape of snakes!  It is an exceptional jar with beautifully painted cloud and rain designs. The imagery is outlined in white and then slipped with a red clay slip.  Each of the snakes has just a small bit of design on their backs.  It is fascinating to see such an early San Ildefonso jar with figurative aspects!  Ramona was amazingly innovative for the time!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ramona”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks.  There was restoration on one of the snake heads.  There is some light wear on the surface. This is definitely a significant and rare piece of her pottery.

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$ 2,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Red Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1930’s), Maria/Julian

This is an exceptional carved bowl by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint, or in this case, carve, the design.  While he did a variety of carved pieces, this is one of the only ones we have seen with a water serpent (avanyu) as the design! The avanyu encircles the shoulder of the bowl.  Note how it is carved into the negative space, while most other potters carved away around the avanyu, leaving it the polished relief section.  The bowl is from the 1930’s and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 4,800.00
Pena, Juanita – Polychrome Plate with Bird (1938)

This is a very unusual plate by Juanita Pena is from the 1930’s. It is polished and polychrome with a bird as the design.  The bird is a combination of black mineral slip and a red slip.  The back of the plate is signed, “Juanita P.”. While it should be an easy piece to attribute to Juanita Pena, Russell Sanchez told me that Juanita Pena never made polychrome pottery and he thinks the “P” after the name is not a letter.  So, if not then the plate would be by Juanita Gonzales.  I does strike me a bit more like Juanita Pena’s style of design.  Either way, there are very few polychrome pieces in general by this time. The piece was deacquisitioned by a museum and its original acquisition date was 1938.  Either Gonzales or Pena, it is a charming piece!

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$ 400.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Bowl with Sun and Rainbow (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 3,800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Black-on-Red Bowl with Mountain & Cloud Designs (1932)

It is very rare that we come across a black-on-red piece by Tonita Roybal.  This bowl is an early piece from the 1920’s.  Tonita and her mother, Dominguita Pino, were both very well known for their black-on-red pottery before the advent of the black-on-black pottery in 1920.  This bowl has beautifully painted designs in the band around the shoulder.  There are mountain, cloud and rain patterns.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. This bowl has exceptional provenance.  It was part of the original collection of Dick Howard and featured in the booklet published on her pottery.  It also has the original Indian Market sticker for 1932!  Amazing!  This is definitely a piece of history, as much as piece of art!

$ 5,500.00
Montoya, Florentino & Martina – Large Fineline Jar (1905-10)

This is an extraordinary large jar by Florentino & Martina Montoya from around 1910.  Johnathan Batkin wrote about them, “The pottery of this husband and wife team is that of artist and innovators who introduced new materials and techniques to other potters. Martina’s experimentation with shapes and slips, and Florintino’s distinctive painting style facilitate the identification of many of their pots. [They] were active during a period of change in San Ildefonso pottery.”  I have included them in our “Early San Ildefonso Innovators” Show as they are the precursors to the changes and innovations in the 1920’s.  Looking at this jar, is is inspiring in the size, shape and designs.  The jar is thin walled and perfectly formed.  However, as with much of the San Ildefonso pottery, it is the shape which is so extraordinary.  The varied designs as the jar is turned is a hallmark of Florentino. The fineline hatchmark patterns along with the delicate plant swirls are almost unexpected on this large jar.  There is so little repetition that each quarter turn seems to evoke a new jar.  It was pottery like this jar which inspired these Early San Ildefonso Innovators.  Maria and other noted that Florentino was one of the finest painters they knew. His early passing during the influenza epidemic, along with so many others, changed the world of San Ildefonso.  This jar is unsigned but easily attributed to Florentino and Martina by shape and design.  I’ve been pleased that numerous other experts, beyond myself (I won’t claim extensive expertise here) all agree that this is one of their classic and more refined vessels.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are few small rim chips, but nothing unexpected with its age or size.  Simply said, historically important and a classic!

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$ 15,000.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Plate with Bird Design (1920’s)

This is a striking painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This plate is almost more like an open bowl.  It is fully polished on the front and back. The design has a bird which fills up the entire surface of the plate.  The polished background and matte painted designs work perfectly on this piece.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Ramona”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. This is definitely an important piece of her pottery.

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$ 1,400.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Jar with Tablita Design Figure (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.  But more to the point on the attribution I looked at several signed pieces I had in the past by Anna and compared the angle of the base (when it is in the puki) and the angle of the sides.  The puki used and shapes are typically individual to each artist.  Note the last photo with this jar by Anna on one side and a black-on-black signed piece by her on the right.  It is then easier to see how this is one of the shapes she created for her pottery.  This wide bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Special Thanks to Russell Sanchez for his identification of designs and also working on the attribution for this bowl with me.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 3,600.00
Aguilar, Rosalie & Joe – Plate with Bird Designs (1920’s)

Rosalie and Joe Aguilar created some exceptional pottery during brief career working together.  It is often their plates which are the most visually striking and complex of their work.  This plate is a complicated and fascinating design. There are two avanyu heads on either side where the circle is the eye and each has an elongated tongue. They are connected with a water design and the step pattern is the mountain. The “x” design in the center is the turkey track.  The fineline checkerboard areas area exceptionally well painted.  The piece has a very modern appearance with the placement of the imagery yet it is one from the 1920’s.  This plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or  repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the back, “Rosalie + Joe”.

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$ 1,200.00
Atencio, GIlbert – Red Jar with Feather & Rain Pattern

Gilbert Atencio is a name synonymous with classic two-dimensional style paintings at San Ildefonso Pueblo.  He is undoubtedly one of the most famous of the painters yet he also made a few pieces of pottery throughout his career.  Gilbert was a son of Isabel Montoya Atencio and a nephew of Maria Martinez.  His sister Helen Gutierrez was a well known potter.  This jar has a classic feel to the shape and it is highly polished red.  The design around the neck is a feather pattern with a stylized mountain steppe design separating the sections.  Around the shoulder are checkerboard painted panels and rain designs.  The style and placement of the imagery has a very planned appearance and works perfectly with the shape of the jar.  It is painted with the traditional cream colored clay on the red polished surface. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is certainly a dramatic piece and exciting to see one of the few pieces he made during his career

$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Florence Aguilar – Polychrome Jar with Cloud, Rain and Snow Designs (1950s’)

Florence Naranjo is a daughter of noted potters Rosalie & Joe Aguilar and a granddaughter of Susana Aguilar.  This is one of her few polychrome pieces of pottery. The jar is fully painted with black and red rain, cloud and snow patterns on a cream background.  The jar is a classic San Ildefonso water jar shape.  It is signed on the bottom, “Florence Naranjo”.  It is good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 400.00
Roybal, Juan Cruz – Bowl with Lightning Designs (1940’s)

Juan Cruz Roybal is one of the great painters in San Ildefonso pottery.  He worked on pottery with his wife, Tonita, and often painted for other potters after her death in 1945.  Juan was known for his very distinctive style of painting using fine lines and flowing designs.  This is an unusual bowl which is just signed, “Juan”.  It has his very distinctive style of painting a lightning design.  It may be that he painted on a series of pieces which remained unfinished after the passing of Tonita.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 275.00
Roybal, Juan Cruz – Bowl with Bird Wing Designs (1940’s)

Juan Cruz Roybal is one of the great painters in San Ildefonso pottery.  He worked on pottery with his wife, Tonita, and often painted for other potters after her death in 1945.  Juan was known for his very distinctive style of painting using fine lines and flowing designs.  This is an unusual bowl which is just signed, “Juan”.  It has his very distinctive style of painting with a bird wing pattern.  It may be that he painted on a series of pieces which remained unfinished after the passing of Tonita. It is in good condition with some surface wear but no no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 150.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Cloud and Rain 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 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 plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The design has cloud patterns in the center and there are asymmetric divisions of the design.  Joe would use uneven patterning with lines to create the overall imagery for his plates. This plate has a “From the Pueblo of San Ildefonso” sticker on the back, which were used in the 1940’s and 50’s.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar by style of painting.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution..

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$ 300.00
Montoya, Simona Pena – Wide Bowl with Rain Designs (1920’s)

This is one of the only pieces we have ever seen by Simona Pena Montoya Naranjo (1902-82).  She was a daughter of Juan and Isabelita Pena.  She did not make much pottery and this bowl is from the 1920’s.  The bowl is signed, “Simona M.” and that was during the 1920’s when she was first married.  Her second marriage made her a Naranjo.  The bowl has painted triangular designed around the shoulder.  It is fully polished if a bit heavy to one side.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a unique piece!

 

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$ 175.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Eagle (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 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 plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The design is an eagle. Note the use of the hatchwork on the body of the bird.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar by style of painting.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution.

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$ 300.00
Gonzales, Rose – Red Canteen with Cloud & Rain Design (1930’s)

This canteen is an unusual piece by San Ildefono potter Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This is one of the few canteens we have had of her work and one of her earlier pieces.  It is fully polished red and painted with a red clay slip.  The design is a cloud pattern near the top and a rain and prayer feather pattern below. There is still the original leather cord connected to the stopper!  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Rose” over a red matte clay slip.  This was typical of a lot of potters in the 1930’s and helps to date this piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,300.00
Atencio, Isabel – Plainware Black Water Jar

Isabel Atencio was a daughter of Nicolasa Montoya (the aunt who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery) and a sister of Rayita Montoya, Santana Montoya and Alfredo Montoya (the first husband of Tonita Roybal). Among her children Gilbert Atencio is known primarily for is paintings. Her daughters Helen Gutierrez and Angelita Sanchez are both well-known potters.  This is one of her classic water jars, which has been fired black.  It is fully polished to a beautiful shine.  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Belle Atencio”.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 475.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Feather 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 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 plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The composition is classic for the Aguilars with fineline patterns breaking up various sections of design.  The designs include rain and eagle tail patterns.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are two small areas where the white slip has flaked away.  It is unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution.

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$ 350.00
Aguilar, Joe – Whirling Water Design Polychrome Plate (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 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 is an exceptional plate painted with polychrome designs. The center is a fineline pattern, which was often seen in the earlier black-on-black pottery. The central medallion then becomes a whirling circle of water with the extensions of the plant designs.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are two small areas where the white slip has flaked away.  It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.

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$ 1,000.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Birds (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 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 plate is a very stylized birds as the design.  The style of painting, with the central square and the spiraling designs is very similar to his earlier black-on-black painted pottery. The plate is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar + Katherine”.  Katherine was his daughter.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 850.00
Atencio, Isabel – Plainware Red Bowl

Isabel Atencio was a daughter of Nicolasa Montoya (the aunt who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery) and a sister of Rayita Montoya, Santana Montoya and Alfredo Montoya (the first husband of Tonita Roybal). Among her children Gilbert Atencio is known primarily for is paintings. Her daughters Helen Gutierrez and Angelita Sanchez are both well-known potters.  This is one of her later plainware vessels. The bowl is highly polished and fired red.  It is a simple piece, but beautifully polished.  Note the bottom has a classic indention and signed, “Isabel” in the clay.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 275.00
Atencio, Isabel & Gilbert Atencio- Buff-on-Red Bowl with Rain Designs

Isabel Atencio was a daughter of Nicolasa Montoya (the aunt who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery) and a sister of Rayita Montoya, Santana Montoya and Alfredo Montoya (the first husband of Tonita Roybal). Among her children Gilbert Atencio is known primarily for is paintings. Her daughters Helen Gutierrez and Angelita Sanchez are both well-known potters.  This is one of her few collaborative pieces with her son, Gilbert. The bowl was made and polished by Isabel and painted by Gilbert.   The design is a plant, rain and mountain pattern.  It is signed, “Belle + Gilbert”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Atencio, Isabel – Red Turtle

Isabel Atencio was a daughter of Nicolasa Montoya (the aunt who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery) and a sister of Rayita Montoya, Santana Montoya and Alfredo Montoya (the first husband of Tonita Roybal). Among her children Gilbert Atencio is known primarily for is paintings. Her daughters Helen Gutierrez and Angelita Sanchez are both well-known potters.  This is one of her charming turtle figures.  The back is polished while the remainder of the piece is matte.  It is signed on the bottom, “Belle”.  She signed her work both Isabel and “Belle”.  This piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

$ 950.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Bowl with Kiva Step Designs (1960’s)

This  is a smaller red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s. The bowl is fully polished and has a white outline for the design, which is a series of kiva steps and rain clouds.  There are areas that are filled in with the red clay which accentuate the design.  While it is a smaller bowl, it is very detailed in its design.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Jar with Rain & Kiva Step Designs (1950’s)

This is an exceptional large carved jar by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1950’s and it is featured on page 12 of the book, Born of Fire.  The jar is an elegant form with a wide, round shoulder and sloping neck. The entire jar is fully polished.  However, it is not the shape or size which makes it exceptional, it is the carved band of design.  Most likely this jar was designed by Margaret’s husband, Alcario.  He was known as one of the best pottery designers at the Pueblo and withing the Tafoya family.  His designs are renowned for their complexity and his innate ability to match form and design.  This jar has a design which is varied around the entire surface.  Rain clouds lead to rain which lead to the mountains which transform into the kiva steps.  It is a beautiful story and in terms of the complexity, it is possible to see how influential he was in the work of his grandson, Nathan Youngblood, as well as others.  The polishing and firing on this large jar are visually striking, as it has a very glassy appearance. The jar is in exceptional condition, which is not always the case for such large vessels from the 1950’s.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 18,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Wedding Vase (1970’s)

This wedding vase is Margaret and Luther Gutierrez. Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint the surface.  They were one of the few potters creating polychrome pottery.  This wedding vase has a corn, raincloud and rainbow pattern in the center and Yei figures going up the spouts.  All of the colors are from natural clay slips.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.

$ 2,500.00
Garcia, Jessie – Very Large Owl Figure (1970’s)

Let’s just start with this owl figure being almost 12″ tall!  Jessie Garcia is one of the great names in Acoma pottery.  Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino, led the revival of Acoma pottery.  There is a history of owl figures at Acoma but most are smaller and few are as detailed as the work by Jessie Garica.  This large owl is coil built and hollow.  It is painted with the red clay slip and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. The owl is signed under the wing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is an excellent piece of her figurative pottery.

 

 

$ 1,250.00
Chino, Marie Z. – Large Seedpot with Lightning Design (1971)

This is an exceptional large seedpot by Marie Z. Chino.  The piece is from 1971 and it is a tightly painted piece by Marie Z. Chino, one of the great revivalist potters of Acoma Pueblo.  This piece is coil built, painted with bee-weed (a plant) and traditionally fired.  The design is a very complicated black and white lightning design. The pattern alternates with black areas and fine-line areas. The complex pattern has a very dynamic appearance to the eye.  It was inspired by Chano Canyon black and white style pottery.  This piece received a Blue Ribbon at the 1971 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,200.00
Garcia, Sarah – Fineline Bowl (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 is a classic Acoma jar with very tightly painted fineline patterns.  Note how the fine lines create interlocking patterns.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Sarah Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 475.00
Shupla, Helen – Large Melon Jar with 22 Ribs

Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon bowls.  Her melon jars are the traditional style with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar has ten ribs which are wide and there is a narrow groove separating each of the ribs.  The jar is 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 large melon jar is one of her classic shapes with the wide shoulder and slight neck. Each of the 22 ribs are 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!  The entire piece is fully polished and fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 3,000.00
Roybal, Tonita – Oval Shallow Bowl with Lightning Designs (1920’s)

This is a charming open bowl by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  It is either a small plate or a small dish.  It is oval and has a slight rim.  The bowl is painted on the inside with a lightning and cloud pattern.  The piece is polished which creates a strong contrast for the design.  The bowl is signed on the back in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are few tiny dings on the rim.  Amazingly, the center of the piece is in excellent condition!

 

$ 675.00
Martinez, Maria   – Gunmetal Fired Bowl “Maria + Popovi 869”

This bowl is a simple but stunning piece by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl while it was fired by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). Popovi focused on both the painted surfaces of the pottery as well as the firings.  This bowl is a true gunmetal with a metallic appearance across most of the surface.   The glassy shine is nearly perfect!   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi 869”.  The firing date is when the pottery was made, so this bowl was from August, 1969. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   Great gunmetal fired pieces by Maria and Popovi with such high polished surface are always stunning and a great addition to any collection!

$ 2,200.00
Cordero, Helen – Grandfather Storyteller with 12 Kids

Helen Cordero is undoubtedly one of the great names in Cochiti pottery.  It was in 1964 that Cordero said she made her first storyteller.  According to her, “I made some more of my Storytellers with lots of children climbing on him to listen, then I took them up to the Santo Domingo Feast Day” and the rest is history.  Her pieces were all males, to honor her grandfather, whom she would hear telling children stories of Pueblo life and culture.  She received the New Mexico Governor’s award in 1982 and the NEA Heritage Fellowship in 1986.  This storyeller is one of her pieces from the 1970’s.  It is complex in terms of its painting and figurative work.  There are twelve children all around the figure. Each one is dressed differently and they are very interactive with one another.  Note the details on the larger figure, including the sash on the side and the squash blossom necklace!  The piece is signed  on the bottom, “Helen Cordero”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is not often that we see one of her storytellers with so many children and with such intricate designs.  Definitely a classic!

$ 11,000.00
Martinez, Maria –  Gunmetal Bowl with Water and Wind Design (late 1920’s)

This is a stunning gunmetal fired bowl by Maria Martinez.  It was made and polished by Maria and then painted by her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943).  The design is unusual with the cloud and water designs.  It is very simple but linear.  The bowl is very highly polished and nearly a full gunmetal appearance from the firing.  Even the bottom of the bowl is fully polished, making it an earlier piece.  It is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the bottom in the clay.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

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

$ 2,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mini Seedpot with Flute Players (1986)

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 is a very small seedpot and yet it is very fully designed!  The seedpot has two Mimbres style flute players as the design.  They are surrounded by plant and rain designs. There is a butterfly on the opposite side.  The heart medallion is the yearly symbol for 1986.  There is an additional green clay slip used to highlight the designs.  The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Red Big Horn Sheep Seedpot (1983)

This miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya is fully polished.  It has a Mimbres inspired Big Horn Sheep on the top.  It is surrounded by cloud, rain and lightning designs.  There is an inset piece of turquoise placed in the hole or opening for the seedpot.  All the different colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Note how many of the designs surrounding the Big Horn Sheep are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Moquino.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Lewis, Emma – Plate with Mimbres Bird & Fish

Emma Lewis was a daughter of noted potter Lucy M. Lewis.  This is one of her few plates we have had in the gallery.  It is painted with a Mimbres style bird catching a fish. There is a cloud pattern along the rim of the plate.  It is signed on the side of the rim, “Emma Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Mimbres Bees” Seedpot (1984)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1984 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The seedpot is inspired by the Mimbres pottery designs.  Here there are two different bees etched into the surface of the clay.  As the seedpot is turned there is the yearly symbol for 1984 on the back. It is meant to represent a bright future.  The seedpot also comes with the original card typed out by Joseph explaining the designs. It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Avanyu Design Jar Double Signed “Maria Popovi” (1956-8)

This large long neck water jar is stunning piece 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 water serpent (avanyu) as the design.  The neck has a high shine between gunmetal and deep black.  This is an early piece by Maria and Popovi, when he was just beginning to sign the pottery with Maria.  It is also a larger piece of their pottery with the classic elongated neck.  Finding larger pieces in such great condition is always an exciting testament to their creativity and skill as potters!  What is definitely unique about this jar is the double signature!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“.  However, it is also signed on the side in the clay and polished over!  I have to admit I didn’t even see it until I was photographing the jar and it showed up in the bright light.  That is definitely something that I have not seen often!  The signature indicates that it was made between 1956 and 1959.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub on the side.

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

 

$ 15,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Wedding Vase with Bear Paws (1980’s)

This wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  It is featured in the book, “Born of Fire” on page 111.  It is fully polished and has a bear paw on each side. The bear paws are symbolic of a Tewa story about how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  There is a bear paw on each side.  Note the shape of the spouts, with the squared off spout, which is distinctive to Margaret throughout her career.  The wedding vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  This is definitely classic in form, color and design by this important Santa Clara potter.

$ 6,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Box with Avanyu (1930’s -1940’s)

This is one of the few boxes by Margaret Tafoya. The early boxes were inspired by the traditional corn meal boxes/bowls that were made to hold corn meal.  In the 1920’s the square shaped vessels acquired lids and were called, “cigarette boxes”. They are a distinctive form to both Santa Clara and San Ildefonso for the times.  Unfortunately, due to the shape and the lid, they often did not survive well over time.  They remain one of the most fascinating shapes but also one of the rarest.  This box is painted with the red clay slip to create the design.  There is an avanyu on two sides and a cloud and rain on the other two sides.  The top of the lid has a cloud and rain pattern. The box is fully polished on the inside and outside! It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in good condition with no, cracks, restoration or repair. There are some small areas of wear, a small ding on one corner and the white dots are a few little pops from the clay. The box is from the 1930’s to 1940’s era.  It is definitely a unique and unusual piece by Margaret Tafoya.  It is featured in the book, “Born of Fire” on page 52.

$ 4,000.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Large Jar with Awatovi Star Design

This is a classic wide shoulder jar by Helen Naha, also known as “Featherwoman”.  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.  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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.

$ 3,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Dragon in Flight” Seedpot (1986)

This delicately etched seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf from 1986.  It has a single dragonfly as the design.  Joseph writes of this piece:

“At each side of the large insect are designs symbolic of the areas he has already covered; the two designs in the flight path of the dragonfly are areas yet to travel over.  The two bands encircling this pottery represent the roads of life and destiny.  Between them and the dragonfly are designs of sun rays.  The 1986 yearly symbol if a heart representing love, in particular Lonewolf’s deep devotion for his ancestors and Mother Earth.  There are two slightly sketched water bugs and a tiny butterfly, the symbol of beauty”.

The seedpot has additional colored clay slips which enhance the imagery.   The yearly symbol for 1986 is the heart.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece also includes the original card typed up by Joseph Lonewolf detailing the specifics of the designs.

$ 1,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Beauty” Hummingbird & Butterfly Seedpot (1988)

This is a striking larger seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf from 1988.  It is a complicated with piece with numerous birds and butterflies encompassing the entire surface.  There are three ruby-throated hummingbirds and eight butterflies on the piece.  Lonewolf writes, “the butterflies denote beauty in simplicity”.  There are both Mimbres inspired and realistic butterflies. Each of the various figures is highlighted with additional clay slips.  There is the yearly symbol for 1988, which is a bear paw.  It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece also includes the original card typed up by Joseph Lonewolf detailing the specifics of the designs.

$ 3,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Turtle & Fish (1984)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1984 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The design is unusual as it has a turtle as the central pattern. The turtle is not unusual but note the shape of the turtle’s head and neck and it is certainly reminiscent of the work of Tony Da in style.  The turtle has a mountain design on its back and note at the lower right there is a tiny dragonfly.  As the seedpot is turned there are two incised Mimbres style fish etch into the clay.  There is also another dragonfly.  There is also the yearly symbol for 1984 which has the shifting sand pattern.  The seedpot is highly polished and the contrast of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly for this desig.  It is 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 – “Beauty and the Chipmunk” Seedpot (1986)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1986 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The piece is entitled, “Beauty and the Chipmunk“.  There is an intricately etched chipmunk as the main design. It is sitting surrounded by a branch and leaves.  There is one small butterfly on one of the branches.  The back of the chipmunk is highlighted with additional clay slips.  What really makes this piece work is the flow of the traditional designs away from the central image of the chipmunk.  The etching of the clay in various levels creates an additional complexity.  The delicate and very tiny designs, like the butterfly, are always a surprise.  It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Naranjo, Ursulita – Bowl with Painted Avanyu (1970’s)

Ursulita Naranjo (1924-1988) was the mother of Dolores Curran and Geri Naranjo.  She was known for her painted pottery.  This bowl is highly polished and painted with a water serpent.  It has a flowing design as the bowl is turned.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Ursulita Naranjo”.

$ 225.00
Vigil, Albert & Josephine – Red Bowl with Rain and Cloud Patterns (1980’s)

Albert and Josephine Vigil worked together on their pottery. Albert Vigil (1927-2009) was a nephew of Maria Martinez. He was the son of painter Romando Vigil, one of the members of the San Ildefonso School of watercolor artists. Josephine Cordova Vigil (1927-2001) was 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 bowl is polished red and has a red painted cloud and rain design. Their later work was typically buff-on-red while this bowl is red-on-red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Albert + Josephine”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 550.00
Blue Corn – Red Bowl with Feather Pattern

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 few red pieces. The bowl is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted on the shoulder. The feathers are tightly painted in a matte clay to contrast with the highly polished surface. The round body gives it a larger feel. The bowl is signed on the  bottom, “Blue Corn”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Trammel, Jennie – Large Long Neck Jar with Cloud Motifs

Jennie Trammel was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows.  However, she created stunning pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work.  Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work.  This is one of the largest pieces we have seen of her work.  It is a tall water jar with an elongated neck and a shape for which she was well-known, especially on smaller vessels.  However, on a piece this size, the elongated neck and high shoulder are striking. The design around the body of the jar is a cloud and rain design.  Note how it flows from angular to rounded designs, which again, was typical of her carving.  The jar it polished a deep red and the background area is slipped with the traditional cream colored clay.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   This jar is  in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 9,500.00
Tafoya, Lee & Betty Tafoya – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

This jar is a classic piece by Lee Tafoya and his wife, Betty Tafoya.  The bowl was made and carved by Lee and then polished by Betty.  Lee was the only son of Margaeret Tafoya who took up making pottery.  The shape of the head of the avanyu has a very square shape, which was very typical of his work.  The bowl is fully carved and highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Betty & Lee Tafoya”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Today their legacy continues in the pottery of their daughter, Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

$ 500.00
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Flute Player

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot has a flute player etched into the clay and it is surrounded by a feather pattern.  There is an additional design on the back.  The lighter red areas are where the polished surface has been etched away but not as deep as the tan areas.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise as part of the design.  This round  shape of seepot is one that was stylized by Debra & Harvey for their work.   The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Youngblood, Mela  – Kiva Bowl (1970’s)

Mela Youngblood began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work.  Each piece of her work very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded.  This bowl is very classic style of Kiva Bowl.  This bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl has the “kiva” three step form on the sides.  The holes in the kiva step areas were traditionally included so that eagle feathers could be placed in them. Mela made few of these during her career. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The highly stone polished surface is striking!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,500.00
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