Martinez, Maria – Small “Fish” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)
This is a classic black 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 fish as the central design. Fish were among the most common animal designs used by Popovi on his plates. Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art. The fish is beautifully painted to capture a sense of motion and fill the entire space. 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.