TESUQUE POLYCHROME JAR circa 1960
This excellent little piece baffles us. It has the same careful slip, polish, firing, painting an eccentric design that charcterized the best and rarest 19th-century Tesuque pieces, yet it seems to be from a time when there were almost no skilled traditional potters working at Tesuque. The little impressions in the center of the flowers add a touch that makes this unusual if not unique. The 1960 date may not be correct. It was suggested to us when we bought it years ago, and we've never learned anything that makes us question it, or that makes this piece and its potter any less mysterious. We kept the date when we featured this on page 182 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni on page 183 and used it on page 47 of our Pottery of the Southwest.
5" diameter x 3-1/2" high
Condition excellent, but with slight paint wear consistent with its age.
Some paint smearing on the back that probably occurred before it was fired.