Sanchez, Desideria – Jar with Interlocking Bird Wings (1930s)
Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez. She was known for her traditional pottery and the use of both classic and innovative designs. This jar is a combination of traditional bird wing patterns painted in an interlocking style. It is a striking flow of design across the surface of the piece. It was fired to a near gunmetal coloration in areas. It is fascinating to see how Desideria’s pottery is easily differentiated from that of Maria in both shape and design. The bowl was fired a dark black coloration. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”. There is a sticker on the bottom which says “from the pueblo of San Ildefonso”. These were used in the 1930s and 40’s and I have left it on the bottom as part of the historic provenance of the piece.