Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Plate with Avanyu and Flower Designs (1920’s)
This is a creatively designed plate by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez. It is fully polished on the front and matte on the back. The plate has a checkerboard pattern in the center and a triangular design emanating out to the rim. The charming part of the plate is the very thinly painted water serpent which encircles the central checkerboard medallion. The plate is fired a deep black in coloration. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”. Why is the work of Anna Martinez important? Interestingly, Maria would often say she was the best painter in the family. She was married to Cresencio Martinez, who was known for his paintings and was also a brother to Tonita Roybal. One can begin to see how her talent was easily fostered by those around her making a plate such as this one a creative classic!