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HOPI POLYCHROME VASE circa 1930


This large flower-vase shape is unusual in Hopi pottery, and fortunately, no one ever filled it with water and used it for flowers. Its design is unusual as well, even though there's nothing about it that isn't squarely within the Hopi pottery tradition. To Al's eyes, the combination of design elements and the design of some of the elements themselves are taken far enough away from the usual to create a piece that, if it isn't one of a kind, is close to it. The 1930 date is a best guess on our part. All we can say for sure is that it was most likely made in the second quarter of the 20th century. The strength of the red paint suggests it was made after the late 1920s, when Mary Colton of the Museum of Northern Arizona insisted that Hopi potters clean up and strengthen their red paint if they wanted the Museum to sell their work. This was sold to us as being from an Arizona family, and judging by its condition, it stayed with them for years, cared for and stored safely.


8" diameter x 7-1/2" high


Condition excellent for its age


S-559     $595