Dunlap, Carmelita & Carlos – Large Polychrome Feather Plate (1976)
WOW! This is a stunning polychrome plate by Carmelita and Carlos Dunlap. Carmelita would make the pottery and Carlos would paint the designs. This piece is from 1976. It is painted with a wide feather pattern in the early San Ildefonso style with the “vent” of the feather (the rectangle at the base) in the center. Later it would be patined off to one side. The cream area is stone polished and the painted areas are matte. The outer edge of the plate has a cloud design. They made few polychrome pieces together but they are striking in coloration and historic in style. The piece is signed on the back in the clay, “Carmelia & Carlos Dunlap”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.