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Coyote Storyteller by Virgil Ortiz


Coyote Storyteller by Virgil Ortiz

 

Son of renowned potter Seferina Ortiz, Virgil mastered and then expanded his family’s pottery tradition. In this case, the Cochiti tradition of storytellers morphed into a howling coyote family. This coyote storyteller is an example of his transitional work – well beyond traditional, before his dramatic pierced and tattooed figures. This piece measures 4 3/4″ tall and wide and about 4″ tail to front feet. Fully marked on the bottom, “VIRGIL ORTIZ, COCHITI PUEBLO” his symbol and a date that I am not certain about but it looks like 2001.


This is an opportunity to acquire an early piece by a renowned artist at an affordable price!


The piece is in very good condition overall with surface soil and scoot marks on the underside. Note that this piece came from a smoking home.


$950.00


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Fine line olla by Acoma artist, Lucy Lewis


Fine line olla by Acoma artist, Lucy Lewis

 

This is a stunning pot. Like much of the best Acoma Pueblo artists’ work, this is surprisingly light when you pick it up. Hand coiled, finely shaped and delicately painted with Lucy’s signature “fine line” technique. At just over 4 1/2″ tall x 5″ wide at the shoulder, it’s a lovely hand size. There is minimal surface wear (small rubs) and I see a small surface “pop” but no other notable issues.

$950.00


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Frog by Juanita Arquero, Cochiti


Frog by Juanita Arquero, Cochiti

 

Continuing the Cochiti figural tradition, this is a pretty charming frog figure by Juanita Arquero. Like most Cochiti frogs, this one is sitting with mouth open but extras include the small creature riding piggyback and, the bug on her (I just get the feeling this is a “her”) tongue. Larger than many of Juanita’s frogs, this frog measures 3 1/2″ tall x 4 5/8″ feet to tail and, just under 4″ across. Fired outside, this hand made piece has fire clouds. It is in very good old condition with surface soil and old dust.

$225


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Mini fine line olla by Lucy Lewis


Mini fine line olla by Lucy Lewis

 

A fine small olla by Lucy Lewis, master Acoma potter. This piece, although small, it has the same monumental presence of any of her larger pieces. Lucy and others in her family, are known for their high quality pottery and delicate “fine line” decoration. Fully signed in paint on the underside, “Lucy M Lewis. Acoma N.M.” The little olla measures about 2″ tall x 2 1/2″ wide at the shoulder. In good overall condition with small “pops” to the surface which are typical of some Acoma pottery, and slight wear to the surface. All foibles are visible in the photos.

$195.00


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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.

$SOLD


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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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