TESUQUE FOOTED BOWL circa 1880
Another wonderful piece of early Tesuque tourist ware. We first put this on the site as circa 1890, but we took a second look. This may be a tourist piece, but it's pure Powhoge Polychrome, the ruling pottery style at Tesuque and San Ildefonso through the middle of the 19th century. Its elements include a polished red rim and base and bleck decoration on a matte cream band. This potter adhered to the old quality standards of painting, polishing and firing—skills that got set aside after 1900, when the Santa Fe dealers made it clear to Tesuque potters that increased production was far more important than care in manufacture. Shortly after this was made, potters stopped taking the time to polish, and by 1910 were making unfired rain gods decorated in inks. There are none of those shortcuts here. Although this was almost certainly made for tourist sale, the potter made it in the old traditional way just as carefully as she would have made an important piece for Pueblo use. This is a serious piece of pottery history.
5-1/2" diameter x 3-1/2" high
Excellent condition for its age