San Ildefonso Black on Black Plate signed Marie


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Maria Martinez used a variety of signatures during her long career.  The first signature on black pottery was Marie—a signature used when she made the item and Julian painted the design.  His name was omitted in the early years because pottery was considered “woman’s work.”  It was only after they were convinced that his painting did not constitute doing “woman’s work,” but was the work of an artist, that his name was confidently added alongside Maria’s.  The Marie signature was used between 1923 and 1925. Spivey 2003

Earlier artist signature - Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez (1887-1980) Pond LilyThis pottery plate is signed into the clay with the name Marie.  It is accepted then that Maria made the plate and Julian painted it between 1923 and 1925.  The plate is polished on front and back to a high luster. A simple ring of clouds outlines the edge of the plate.  Julian was most creative with designs early in their shared career. This plate would constitute some of the earliest blackware of this talented couple from San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Condition: this San Ildefonso Black on Black Plate signed Marie is in very good condition with very minor scratches

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman from Thousands Oaks, California

Reference: The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey, 2003

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