Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Realistic Deer (1995)
This seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is very intricately designed. It would seem that it most likely was made, polished and the designs were begun by Camilio and then the designs were finished by his son, Joseph Lonewolf. While it is signed by Camilio, it would suggest that the piece was already polished. However, there are indicators that it was finished by Joseph, as he finished several of the pieces which Camilio had in process before he passed. The deer are all very intricately etched and designed than on any of the piece finished by Camilio from 1990-5. There is is a large buck with antlers extending over the top of the seedpot. On the opposite side there is another deer with smaller antlers and two does. The deer are very intricately designed and they are much closer in style to those of Joseph. As well, there is the number on the bottom, which is precision-etched, and the last letters are JL, which are probably Joseph’s initials as the end of the numbering system. The numbering system used by Camilio was typically much shorter and a bit more stylistic in design. Overall, the piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.