Tse-Pe, Dora – Black & Sienna Bowl with Bear Lid and Turquoise (1991)
Dora Tse-Pe learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Rose Gonzales. She was renowned for her beautifully formed and highly polished pottery. This is one of her classic pieces from 1991. It is a highly stone-polished bowl and a fully polished bear lid. The bowl is two-toned sienna around the rim. The bear is sienna on the back. On the top of the bear is a single inset piece of turquoise. The bowl and lid create a striking contrast of colorations and form. It is simple and yet a classic for San Ildefonso pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “Dora of San Ildefonso” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.