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Black-on-black Low Open Jar signed Marie & Julian

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Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez (1887-1980) Pond Lily
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4-1/4” tall x 8-7/8” diameter
  • Item # C3661A
  • Price: $5,500.00

Maria Poveka Martinez (1887-1980) and Julian Martinez (1885-1943) worked together producing pottery from the early 1900sshe making the beautiful Tewa shape vessels and he painting beautiful designs in traditional Polychrome style.  Because Maria was considered the best potter at San Ildefosno, she was selected to experiment on reproducing the prehistoric wares being excavated.  She and Julian worked diligently for several years to recreate the earlier pottery and Julian painted designs in the traditional Polychrome style.  It was not until around 1912, that they became interested in experimenting with the blackware of previous periods.  It was another 10 years before they achieved satisfactory results.

 

Maria made the vessels and Julian applied the designs in a matte finish.  Her exquisite vessels with beautiful polished surfaces were perfect canvases for the artistic talent of Julian.  Maria started co-signing Julian's signature around 1925 so it is known this jar was made between 1925 and 1943, most likely in the mid- to late-1930s.  There are questions by some as to whether to call this vessel shape a jar or a bowl.  We classify this as a jar because of the incurving walls where we would call it a bowl if the walls flared outward.

 

This jar is signed on the underside Marie & Julian imbedded into the clay.This jar is signed on the underside Marie & Julian imbedded into the clay.

 

Condition: structurally in excellent condition.  There are minor abrasions to the clay as would be expected in a jar of this age but they are mostly on the underside and not visible.

Recommended Reading:  The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard Spivey

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Missouri

Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez (1887-1980) Pond Lily
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4-1/4” tall x 8-7/8” diameter
  • Item # C3661A
  • Price: $5,500.00

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