Martinez, Maria – Jar with Plant Design “Marie + Julian” (1930’s)
This jar by Maria Martinez is a classic of her early pottery from the late 1930’s. It was made and polished by Maria and then painted by her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943). The jar has a distinctive form with a sharp shoulder and a sloping neck. The design is a plant pattern which extends up from the shoulder to the neck. The bowl is highly polished and fired a deep black. It is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the bottom. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one small rub below the shoulder and a small pre-firing indention on the shoulder (last photo).