C e l es ti a l N o n e s u ch. A piece of master craft, this is a black-on-black ware pottery bowl, thrown by the renowned San Ildefonso Native American artisan Maria Martinez, and decorated by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez.
This piece came from a lovely collection of Native American artifacts, including work by other Master potter, Lucy Lewis. A great object for study or display, this will make a nice addition to any student or appreciators collection of Native American art and artifacts. She and her husband, Julian, discovered in 1918 how to produce the now-famous black-on-black pottery and they spent the remainder of their careers perfecting and producing it for museums and collectors worldwide.
By 1923, Maria began signing Marie on pieces made by her and Julian. His name was omitted because making pottery was woman's work. Pottery made by Maria and painted by Julian, signed Marie, was most probably made between 1920 and 1925. Pottery made by Maria and painted by Julian between 1925 and 1943 bears the dual signature Marie + Julian.By 1925, and until his death in 1943, Maria shared the signature with Julian. Following the death of Julian, their son Adam and his wife Santana helped Maria with the design and firing of her pottery. Pieces made between 1943 and 1954 are signed Maria + Santana. When Maria began signing pottery, she was told, probably by Chapman, that Marie was a more familiar name than Maria to the non-Indian public.
She therefore signed the name Marie for about 30 years. Following the publication of Alice Marriott's book, Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso, she began signing her true name, Maria. Around the mid-1950s, Popovi Da began working with his mother, helping her with designing and firing her pottery. They began to co-sign pieces Maria - Popovi, and Popovi started putting a date on each piece, probably around 1959. Maria often made small pieces of pottery without the assistance of her husband, her son, or her daughter-in-law.These are always highly polished, un-decorated pieces and are usually quite spectacular and graceful and exhibit the true nature of her genius. They are signed Maria Poveka. Very good condition with extensive surface wear including some loss of polish / finish.
Minor roughness on the rim. Exhibits signs of age such as surface wear and weathering.
As they are part of the description, please enlarge all photographs to better ascertain details and condition. The packing peanuts we use are recyclable: #6.Thank you for shopping with us. Follow us for quality items and other assorted. The item "Maria + Santana Martinez Antique Black-on-Black Ware Native American Ildefonso" is in sale since Thursday, March 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "celestial_nonesuch" and is located in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.