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LAGUNA POLYCHROME BASKET

dated 1909


This is truly one of a kind. It's the only piece we've ever found with a fired-on date of April 28, 1909. We can only guess at what Gallup event prompted the potter to memorialize it. This gives us a clear reminder of the Laguna-to-Isleta connection. The colors and design elements on this are pure Laguna, but the shape got popularized at Isleta beginning in the late nineteenth century. That's when disaffected Laguna potters  took their designs with them and turned out hundreds of little tourist pitchers, baskets and bowls for sale at the Albuquerque railroad station—enough to be a significant factor in Isleta's economy. This keeps us from forgetting where all those little pieces came from.

     In our quest for the old and unusual, we recognize this as a star performer.


4" diameter x 4" high


Condition just about perfect for its age. .


S-933     $625