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 1940s. In the 1950s, 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.