Roybal, Tonita – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu (1920’s)
Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery. This is is one of her larger pieces. The jar has a long neck and a low shoulder. It was a shape for which she was famous (see photo). The design is the classic water serpent (avanyu), which is painted around the shoulder. The jar is very highly polished and fired with a range of color from black to gunmetal. Interestingly, when she would fire these long neck jars they would be fired on their side! This jar has a slight lean to the form which is not unexpected as they were often fired with multiple pieces. However, the size and classic design are the dynamic parts of this amazing jar! It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.