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Polychrome Turtle with 24 Squares

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Margaret and Luther Gutierrez (1936-2018 / 1911-1987)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 3-⅛ ” height x 4-3/4" width x 7” length
  • Item # C4035B
  • Price: $1,250.00

Margaret (1936-2018) and Luther (1911-1987) Gutierrez were the children of accomplished Santa Clara potters Lela and Van Gutierrez. Working together, the siblings continued the tradition begun by their parents—crafting uniquely colorful polychrome pottery pieces in a variety of forms and styles that are instantly recognizable to Pueblo pottery collectors. Sometimes their work is whimsical and other times it is most elegant.  In the case of their animals, whimsy rules.  

This large turtle’s shell is divided into 24 individual squares on which are painted a variety of bugs and animals. Each square is an individual story in inself. Fish, frogs and turtles cavort around the shell of the turtle, each animal with a personality of its own and a message or story to tell.  The humor continues with the treatment of the turtle's face. The turtle looks bewildered, as if he just can’t make sense of all the commotion going on behind him—all those creatures trying to vye for his attention.

The turtle—signed “Margaret/Luther” on the bottom—has to be at least 30 years old, as Luther has been gone about 30 years.  Margaret passed away recently, in January 2018.   

Condition: This piece is in excellent condition
Provenance: From an East Coast Collection
Recommended Reading: Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham

Margaret and Luther Turtle Signature

Margaret and Luther Gutierrez (1936-2018 / 1911-1987)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 3-⅛ ” height x 4-3/4" width x 7” length
  • Item # C4035B
  • Price: $1,250.00

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