Artist Media Series
This is a charming gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif. This plate has a pueblo-style deer painted on the surface. In front of the deer is a plant design. Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art. The deer is beautifully painted in motion. It was only from 1956-9 that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought-after and best of his career! It is signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9. The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.