Pair of Candlesticks with Bears for Handles


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Reycita Cosen, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter

Artist signature of Reycita Cosen, Santa Clara PueReycita Cosen, Santa Clara Pueblo Potterblo PotterThis pair of polished black candlesticks was made by Rosita Cosen (1927-2012), a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo. The pedestal on which the candle chamber rests is carved in step form, sometimes referred to as representing the mountains, and other times we hear that shape referred to as kiva steps. I believe that mountains is a more accepted term at the pueblo. Rosita cleverly added a bear to each candlestick in a manner of using the figurine as a handle. The bottom of one of the pair is signed Reycita Cosen, Santa Clara.

Reycita Cosen received multiple awards at Santa Fe Indian Market. Her mother, Pasqualita Baca, was a potter, as was her aunt, Nestora Silva. Cosen's sister, Helen Shupla, was also a notable potter.

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Pair of Candlesticks with Bears for Handles is from the collection of a client from New Mexico

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies, Gregory Schaaf

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotterySanta Clara PuebloHelen ShuplaReycita Cosen

Close up view of one of the candlesticks.

Alternate view of the candlestick pair.

Reycita Cosen, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter
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