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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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1960s Acoma olla with flowers


1960s Acoma olla with flowers

 

A very appealing Acoma polychrome olla. Circa 1960, with an unclear signature mark. Carefully decorated with geometric and natural forms, even charming little flowers. 6 3/4″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide at the shoulder.

$425.00


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Owl by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez


Owl by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez

A charming owl vessel or jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez of Santa Clara. The creative brother and sister team learned from their parents, Lela & Van Gutierrez, innovative potters at Santa Clara who became known for creative painting and decoration. Margaret & Luther continued the tradition begun by their parents, creating lively figures and pottery.



This is one of their owls, both a vessel and a figure. Rather large, this measures 4″ tall x 3 3/4″ wide at wings. Definitely polychrome with at least seven different colors, this piece is signed in black pigment on the underside, “Margaret/Luther.” In excellent old condition, with no notable issues. Note that this piece came from a smoking home.


$475.00


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Turtle figure by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez


Turtle figure by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez

A very appealing turtle figure by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez of Santa Clara Pueblo. The creative brother and sister team learned from their parents, Lela & Van Gutierrez, innovative potters at Santa Clara who became known for creative painting and decoration. Margaret & Luther continued the tradition begun by their parents, creating lively pottery figures like this turtle. This turtle measures 2 1/2″ tall at his head x 4″ nose to tail x about 3 1/4″ wide.


Definitely polychrome with at least six different colors, this piece is signed in black pigment on the underside, “Margaret/Luther.” In very good old condition, with visible surface soil, mostly on his neck and his feet and tail. Note that this piece came from a smoking home.


$375.00


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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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Turtle figurine by Acoma potter, Lucy Lewis


Turtle figurine by Acoma potter, Lucy Lewis

 

By one of the most noted potters in Acoma Pueblo, this is a charming turtle by Lucy Lewis. Lucy and others in her family, are known for their high quality pottery and delicate “fine line” decoration. This turtle fits neatly into that tradition with his decorated shell and expressive face. Fully signed in paint on the underside, “Lucy M Lewis. Acoma N.M.” He measures just about one inch tall x 4″ nose to tail x 3″ wide. In good shape overall with surface soil but no notable damage.

$225.00


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Early Santa Ana polychrome bowl


Early Santa Ana polychrome bowl

 

A rare piece, this is an older bowl from Santa Ana Pueblo. Of course, hand-coiled and painted, made in the early 20th century with the sand temper typical of Santa Ana. I believe this piece was made before the 1940s pottery revivals, I think this piece is circa 1920s or so. The pot is decorated with 10 painted flowers, each with multiple painted black dots as the center, finished with the petals enclosed in a painted circle. The pot was painted overall with, what is now, a nice gray, the flowers are an orange/gold, with black outlines. There are lovely fire clouds overall. The pot is in good, old condition with original firing cracks, small areas of surface pops, some loss of small bits of the polished surface and overall wear. Note that there are two cracks that run downward from the rim. That these are not due to any impact, but are cracks from the original creation process. There are remnants of an old tag or tape on the underside. It measures 3 1/4″ tall x 4 3/8″ wide and about 4″ across the rim. A gorgeous little historic piece!

$650.00


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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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