Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Reverse Feather Design (1920’s)
Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery. This jar reflects the exceptional nature of her pottery designs, shapes, and firing. The jar has a round shoulder and then and a slight indention before extending up to the neck. The jar itself is very highly polished and beautifully painted. The design is interesting with a reverse feather pattern which extends up from the base. What is interesting is the design leaves more open space and draws the eye to the shoulder. The jar is fired to a gunmetal appearance with areas which even have a gold-tone coloration. This “goldtone” is a rarity in her work and one which was achieved in the firing. The jar has a very metallic appearance with just the touch of yellow or gold in the light. The jar is from the 1920’s and it has its original sticker on the bottom. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Tonita” in the clay on the bottom. As a provenance, the jar was de-acquisitioned from the American Indian Culture Research Center in Marvin, South Dakota. It still has the tag for its catalog number of 00251.