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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.

     If you want one of these for your collection, this larger-than-usual example is as good as they get.


4-1/8" diameter x 5-1/8" high


Condition very good, insignificant wear  


S-930   $185