Da, Tony – Lidded Jar with Feather Design and Turquoise (1971)
This is a spectacular jar by Tony Da. He had a short career which spanned from 1967-82. He helped change the world of Pueblo pottery. He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels. His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike. This jar was originally purchased in 1971. It is fully polished a deep red and the design consists of three sections with a feather pattern. The feather design on the plates by his grandmother Maria Martinez were iconic by the 1970’s, so Tony created this design as his own variation. There are three sections of feather separated by inset pieces of turquoise. As well, the jar has a lid, which is tightly made and it is one of his earliest styles. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. This is certainly a classic style of Tony’s pottery and even an early piece like this bowl reflects the impact he had and continues to have, on Pueblo pottery. The pottery of Tony Da remains an important addition to any collection!