Pena, Isabel – Jar with Step Pattern and Lid
Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is an exceptional jar by Isabel Pena. It is one of the only lidded pieces of hers we have come across. The jar is painted with a mountain step pattern and the lid is also painted. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.
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