Highly Burnished San Ildefonso Pueblo Black Pottery Jar signed Maria Poveka

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Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

This jar is signed Maria Poveka and does not have a date added to the signature so we must assume it dates to the late 1950s.  This is a superb example of San Ildefonso blackware created by Maria Martinez. These undecorated black polished vessels are some of the most beautiful pottery made by her. Their beauty is in the shape and burnish, and decoration is unnecessary. Without some of the visual excess of the painted works, these blackware pieces can be truly appreciated from a more minimal, formalist stance. In this work, proportion, scale, and excellence of polish are key factors.

Artist Signature - Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter. The signature Maria Poveka on undecorated blackware, according to Richard Spivey, was a signature started in 1956 and abandoned in the mid-1960s, so it lasted only a decade. The signature Maria Poveka on undecorated blackware, according to Richard Spivey, was a signature started in 1956 and abandoned in the mid-1960s, so it lasted only a decade. However, in 1959, Popovi Da started adding a date to the pottery signatures, even those signed Maria Poveka. That fact would shorten the date of undated Maria Poveka pottery to the 1956-1959 dates.


Condition: this Highly Burnished San Ildefonso Pueblo Black Pottery Jar signed Maria Poveka is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a resident of Switzerland

Reference: The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey