San Ildefonso black-on-black jar signed Marie + Santana

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San Ildefonso black-on-black jar signed Marie + Santana

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feather design, gunmetal finish

signed Marie + Santana (Maria Martinez and Santana Martinez)

circa 1943-1956

3.75" diameter x 4.5"high

condition is excellent with a few very minor "rubs" as a result of normal wear and tear. These are hard to see without special lighting and searching.

ex: Private Collection, purchased in 1988

 $2400.*SALE (Price reduced from $2900.)

(mc1893)

 

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Maria Martinez is considered the Matriarch of 20th century San Ildefonso pottery. She and her husband Julian were encouraged in 1907 by Edgar Hewett, an early archaeologist, to make copies of prehistoric pottery he was excavating. They later developed the black-on-black technique that remains the signature of contemporary San Ildefonso pottery.

Maria is recognized for her enormous pottery-making talent. She formed the pots and polished them to a high shine, occasionally achieving perfection with a gunmetal finish. Designs were first painted onto the pots by her husband, Julian, and after his death, by her daughter-in-law Santana, succeeded by Popovi Da, Maria's son, until his death. 

This jar has the iconic feather design that Julian first developed. It is painted beautifully and the polish of the jar has a very high shine.

To see two Maria Martinez pots with gunmetal finish that are currently in our inventory, please click the following links:

http://www.marcyburns.com/pottery-collection/san-ildefonso-gunmetal-jar-by-maria-and-santana

http://www.marcyburns.com/pottery-collection/san-ildefonso-gunmetal-bowl