Pena, Isabel – Large Jar with Snow Patterns (1920s)
Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of her larger pieces. The jar has a snow pattern painted black-on-black as the design. It is a complex pattern that encompasses the surface of the jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel Pena”. It is in 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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