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Large polychrome Zia olla




Large polychrome Zia olla

decorated with birds and deer

Circa 1950, this is out of an old New Mexican collection. A rare very large size, this olla or jar measures 11 1/2″ tall by 14″ wide at the shoulder.

As designs on Zia pottery, deer are rare and this pot combines the deer with classic Zia birds. Usual for older Pueblo ceramics, this jar is not signed, but I believe it was made by one of the noted Zia artists. Warm colors, no notable issues, just wear appropriate for it’s age.

$2450


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Vintage large Acoma vase or jar


Vintage large Acoma vase or jar

Circa 1930s

This is the largest older Acoma vase I’ve had at approximately 15 1/4″ tall by 13″ across the handles. Circa 1940s, (according to illustrations on pages 380 and 381 in The Pottery of Acoma and Laguna by Francis Harlow and Dwight Lanmon. The pot was hand-coiled and fired outside. No indication of the maker. An elegant, well made piece with the ruffled rim and twisted handles and, nicely painted with the stylized Acoma parrot or bird symbol surrounded by flowing geometrics. The pot is in very good antique condition with no notable issues other than light surface wear and soil. No cracks or repairs.

$2850


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Vintage Acoma pottery tile


Vintage Acoma pottery tile

It is uncommon to find an Acoma tile as the majority were made at Hopi with other Pueblos making tiles more recently. Circa 1950s, hand formed, painted with traditional pigments, this pot-shaped tile was fired outside in the traditional manner. This tile has it’s original price of $5.00 and “Acoma Pueblo Pottery” written in pencil on the reverse. The tile measures 5 3/4″ x 4 7/8.”

$175


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Zia Pueblo polychrome olla by Sofia Medina


Zia Pueblo polychrome olla by Sofia Medina

Although unsigned, this lovely medium sized olla is typical of Sofia’s work and designs. This olla has a warm, pumpkin polish with her bird designs plus elegant geometric patterns including capped steps and sky bands. 6″ high by approximately 6 1/2″ wide at the shoulder. The pot is in very good old condition with light surface wear and some surface spotting and a few tiny speckles of paint from being present during a room repaint.

$375


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Early tourist Santo Domingo bowl


Early tourist Santo Domingo bowl

Hand coiled and elegantly decorated, this is an older piece of Santo Domingo Pueblo pottery. This is a food sized bowl but probably not meant for regular food use due to the inside decoration. 2 1/4″ high by 8 1/2″ wide. In very good old condition with surface wear and some spotting to the inside of the bowl. On the underside of the bowl, there is an original paper label with “Doming” written in pen. Written in pencil on the bottom is “$3.00,” and written on the bottom of the sides of the bowl, “Old Design” and “Domingan.”

$275


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1960s Navajo pitched ceramic jar


1960s Navajo pitched ceramic jar

A friend of mine asked a Navajo friend to make a piece of pottery for him in 1969. She made him a clay cooking pot, identical to those she made for herself. So, this is a Navajo cooking pot, made and delivered in 1969. Dark clay body with the pine pitched surface. 6 3/4″ high by 6 1/8″ wide. In excellent old condition with light surface wear.

$225


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Old Acoma olla


Old Acoma olla

A nice early (1930s) polychrome olla. Typical for Acoma, thin walls with primarily geometric patterning. Of course, hand coiled, natural pigments and fired outside, with fireclouds. The piece is in excellent old condition and rings clear with a light tap. The surface shows the overall crackling of old polished pieces. There is surface wear appropriate for its age and the small “pops” usual in older Acoma pieces. 7 1/2″ tall x 8 1/2″ wide.

$350


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