Martinez, Maria – Large Plate with Feather and Star Design (1930’s) (Marie + Julian)

13.75" Diameter

$ 6,800.00

This is an unusually designed plate by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint the design.  The unique aspects of this piece are the size and the design.  This is almost 14″ across and the front is fully painted.  The design is a combination of a star and feather pattern.  In the center, there is a star design.  It is surrounded by the classic feather pattern.  The feathers have the rectangular end to them in the center rather than offset, which indicates an earlier piece.  Note as well in the design how the ends of the feathers above the star are made into one unit instead of being delineated.  The plate is highly polished and fired a silvery black.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  In terms of the photos, I tried to take them at different angles and different lighting to reveal both design and condition.  This is definitely one of those exciting pieces by Maria & Julian Martinez which rarely come around to the marketplace!

Maria Martinez Signatures