ANNIE FIELDS (1884–1971)
MOJAVE POLYCHROME FROG FIGURINE circa 1960
This rather girlish frog, a bit smaller than Annie's usual figurines, has a pleasant, inquisitive look that sets her apart from our other Annie frogs. You can see four of them convened on page 142 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art. Like all potters who find one of their designs resonates with the marketplace, Annie knew she had a winner with these figurines, and she made a lot of them in the 1960s. Annie had been one of the few active Mojave potters in the early part of the 20th century. (In Mojave Pottery/Mojave People, Jill Leslie Furst wrote that only two or three Mojaves made pottery after 1920.) Annie put pottery aside in the 1930s, but around 1950, an interested Anglo coaxed her back to work, and she started making pieces that brought Mojave pottery out of obscurity and to the attention of the outside world. If Annie's work made the world notice Mojave pottery, it was these frogs that made the world notice Annie.
4-1/2" long x 3-3/4" wide x 2-1/2" high
Broken and repaired front legs and small chip on right hip. Condition now appears excellent,