SAN ILDEFONSO POLYCHROME
SEED JAR circa 1900
This is really unusual. It has the careful manufacture and painting we excpect from a San Ildefonso Polychrome piece from the turn of the last century, but it has a shape we've never seen before. For some reason, this basic seed jar shape seems to have disappeared from the potters' vocabulary during those years, and this came as a real surprise. We gave it the early date because it's stone-polished. Anything made much later would be rag-polished and the people who name types would call it a Tunyo Polychrome rather than a San Ildefonso Polychrome, a designation they gave to the polychromes made from around 1905 to 1920.
6-1/4" diameter x 3-1/4" high
Condition all you could hope for something this old. No detectable restoration or repairs.