MOJAVE RED ON BROWN PITCHER circa 1890
The Southern Pacific came across the Colorado River and through the Mojave reservation in 1883, and Mojave tourist pottery followed almost immediately. Where tourist pottery from other areas tried to capitalize on exotic Indianness, the traders around Needles probably showed potters the china of the day, saying "they like things like these." This little cream pitcher has a typical European shape and an equally typical Mojave design. The dark surface and dull dark paint look like the result of a partly smothered firing, and those features suggest the age of the piece. By 1900, the dark color had gone out of style, and from then on, Mojave pottery was almost universally sandy tan in color with clearer red paint. This appears on page 117 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 141 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
3-3/4" diameter excluding handle x 4-3/4" high
Condition excellent for its age, no restoration or touchup