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San Ildefonso Nineteenth Century Polychrome Olla

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Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 11-1/4” tall x 12” diameter
  • Item # C3587B
  • Price: $4,500.00

This is a typical late nineteenth century Tewa vessel-shaped water jar. The rounded, globular body is typical of the period. The red rim slip was typical in the late nineteenth century but was replaced by black in the early twentieth century. Other features of pre-1900 vessels include the red underbody band and an un-slipped, polished base, both of which this jar has. 

 

The body of the jar is a little off-center and the rim is slightly irregular, that is, it is not symmetrically round.  The orange design elements on the neck and body are outlined in black.  There are three pairs of framing linesone at the rim, one at the base of the neck and one near the end of the white slip at the base.  The designs are wonderfully loose in structure.  There are four design elements on the body, all similar, but not exactly the same.

 

Condition: structurally sound but there are abrasions to design areas and some loss of clay on the polished underbody.

Provenance: from the collection of a family in Santa Fe

Recommended Reading:  Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico 1700-1940 by Jonathan Batkin.  This book is currently not available from Adobe Gallery.

Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 11-1/4” tall x 12” diameter
  • Item # C3587B
  • Price: $4,500.00

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