KEWA POLYCHROME OLLA circa 1920
Of all the pieces we've owned, this comes the closest to being an early type example of Santo Domingo Polychrome—floral designs plus a bird, the red areas outlined in black throughout the design. Everything about it defines the type, from its black rim with line break to the red band on its underbody. It shows its age, but the surface is free of almost all of the chips and dings that you'd expect on a piece that's a hundred years old. If you're looking for a piece that connects you with the softer side of early-century Kewa, this comes about as close as you can get. You can see this on page 95 of our 2015 Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
We really loved this piece until we picked it up quickly at a show, and two one-inch wedge shaped pieces broke out of the rim. When we looked at them, they appeared to be largely plaster. Somebody did a really good restoration job, and the only way we learned about it was when the pieces broke out. We glued them back and touched up the cracks, but not perfectly, so you can see where we made the repair. The piece looks as good as ever, but DON'T PICK IT UP BY THE RIM!
10-1/4" diameter x 8-1/4" high
Condition really good for its age—except as noted in the red paragraph above
S-752 reduced to $1,150