ISLETA POLYCHROME BASKET circa 1915
This is typical of early-century Isleta tourist pottery, carefully formed and painted with an intricate design. The basket shape, almost always with a twisted red handle, was Isleta's style leader from about 1900 to 1930, and one could always find pieces like this at the Albuquerque railroad station during those years. Countless numbers of them now reside in attics and thrift stores as forgotten souvenirs, and so many left the area with tourists that it's now easier to find these in California than it is in New Mexico. In the 2007 edition of Steven Trimble's Talking With the Clay, there's a 1902 photograph of Isleta potters selling pieces exactly like this, which could have been made at any time during the 30-year lifespan of this ware. We included this in the basket array on page 12 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, and it also appears on page 51 of our Pottery of the Southwest.
3-1/4" diameter x 3-3/4" high
Condition very good