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Black on Black Jar with Avanyu Design

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Nicolasa Naranjo (1907-2002)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4-¼” x 5-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4053B
  • Price: $295.00

To all the inquiries we have had over the years, I stated that I knew of no one who could repair blackware pottery in a manner that was not detectable.  All previous repairs I have seen are quite obvious to detect. Now, however, I must state that one conservator has mastered the technique of repairing blackware to a level that the repairs are undetectable to the naked eye.

We would not normally sell a contemporary pottery vessel with extensive repairs, but are doing so in this instance because it is not detectable that this jar was broken into several pieces and successfully restored to its previous condition.  It is our intent to admit that successful repairs are possible as this jar well illustrates.

Nicolasa Naranjo (1907-2002) signature.Nicolasa Naranjo was a daughter of Tomacita and Agapito Naranjo, granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya and a cousin of Margaret Tafoya.  She had a long and distinguished career as a potter, making mostly blackware and occasionally redware. Late in her career she and her daughter Roberta worked on pottery together and co-signed those pieces.  This jar is signed only with the name Nicolasa so it is an earlier piece. I have been told that Nicolasa made redware in the early 1970s and started making blackware in the early 1980s. She passed away in 2002.


Condition: this Black on Black Jar with Avanyu Design is completely restored

Provenance: from the conservator who did the conservation

Recommended Reading: Pueblo Pottery Families by Lillian Peaster


Nicolasa Naranjo (1907-2002)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4-¼” x 5-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4053B
  • Price: $295.00

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