Sanchez, Desideria – Large Jar with Bird Wing Designs (1920’s)
Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez. She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This jar is from the 1920’s and has a wide shoulder and sloping sides. There are three sections of design, each with a stylized bird wing pattern. There are cloud patterns above the wings and below is a checkerboard design. Separating each of the sections are a series of small dots. The jar is highly polished and fired a slivery black coloration. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It’s great to see a piece of her pottery with such complex designs.