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Pair of Polished Black Santa Clara Pueblo Candelabra

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Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Materials - Price is for the Pair of Candlelabras
  • Size: 13-1/4” x 2-3/4” x 5-7/8” tall
  • Item # 24646
  • Price: $2,600.00

This pair of 5-branch candelabra was obviously made to be a pair and have apparently been together during their entire existence. They were made around the 1930s and are in very good condition. One candlestick has a chip at the rim; otherwise there is no further damage except normal wear.

It is quite possible that Margaret Tafoya made them, but there is no assurance since they are not signed.

Finding a pair of these is a rare occurrence. It’s the only pair I have ever seen in 30 years of collecting pueblo pottery.

COMMENTS: Some experts have contended that smothering pottery during the firing process creates a carbon smoke that penetrates the pottery, turning it black. Even though several books describing black pueblo pottery attribute the color change to carbon, the reduction of iron oxide is the correct mechanism. Ceramicists, describing ancient styles of Old World pottery, state that iron impurities in clay form red oxide at red heat, but if air is lacking during firing, iron impurities in clay form black magnetite.

Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Materials - Price is for the Pair of Candlelabras
  • Size: 13-1/4” x 2-3/4” x 5-7/8” tall
  • Item # 24646
  • Price: $2,600.00

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