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Very Large Globular Black Polished Carved Jar by Margaret Tafoya

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Margaret Tafoya (1904 - 2001) Maria Margarita Tafoya - Corn Blossom
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 12-5/8” height x 14” diameter
  • Item # C3681A
  • Price: $15,500.00

This is an extraordinary stone-polished black carved jar by Margaret Tafoya (1904 - 2001) Maria Margarita Tafoya - Corn Blossom of Santa Clara Pueblo. This magnificent early piece, probably from the 1960s, was coil formed in native clay over which was applied a red slip which was then painstakingly burnished with a polishing stone and fired in a reduction firing resulting in a beautiful black finish.

The jar features a design motif carved into the upper portion of the body. In a 3-1/2-inch band around the vessel is the carved elements that meander into various shapes of curves, squares, triangles and other geometries.  The remainder of the jar is undecorated and displays its high burnish to be admired.

Signature of Margaret Tafoya (1904 - 2001) Maria Margarita Tafoya - Corn BlossomThis is a superb example of Margaret's carved pottery pieces. It has an extremely fine burnish and a black firing. The jar is globular in shape from the base to the area of the neck, then curves as it goes upward.   It is signed on the underside Margaret Tafoya Santa Clara Pue.

 

Condition: Structurally in excellent condition. There was one small burnish mark on the mid-body, measuring about one-inch diameter, which has been professionally restored to its original condition.

Recommended Reading: Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya by Charles S. King

Provenance: from a private collection

 

Margaret Tafoya (1904 - 2001) Maria Margarita Tafoya - Corn Blossom
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 12-5/8” height x 14” diameter
  • Item # C3681A
  • Price: $15,500.00

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