Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Pair of Black Candlesticks with Twisted Stems

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 5-1/2” height x 5-1/2” length x 3-1/2” width
  • Item # C3926W
  • Price: $750.00

This pair of Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Candlesticks has the arrowhead pedestal and the twisted wrappings of the leggings seen on female moccasins. They are both beautifully stone polished. It is the firing process that results in black color. They are quite likely from the 1950s or perhaps a little earlier as they are not signed with a potter's name. One candlestick is 5-½" tall and the other is 5-¾" tall.

It appears that interest in pottery candlesticks peaked in the mid-1900s.  Many households in Santa Fe used them as decoration and actual use.  Candlesticks made in the shape of traditional female moccasins with leggings were particularly popular probably because they looked more Indian than just plain columns. The same was true with those made with arrowhead bases because of their connection with something Indian.


Condition: this Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Pair of Black Candlesticks with Twisted Stems very good condition with some minor marring

Provenance: from the collection of a client from Colorado

Recommended Reading:  Pueblo Pottery of the New Mexico Indians: Ever Constant, Ever Changing by Betty Toulouse

Relative Links: Santa Clara Pueblopotterymoccasins

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 5-1/2” height x 5-1/2” length x 3-1/2” width
  • Item # C3926W
  • Price: $750.00

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