TESUQUE BASKET circa 1900
This is curious piece. Oviously, the potter wasted no time forming it or painting it, perhaps knowing it was going to an undiscerning tourist who wouldn't care about its quality. Yet she couldn't ignore all the old disciplines as her colleagues were about to do. She took time stone-polishing it and fired it in the traditional way. This has an almost unique mixture of attention to craft and abandonment of it all at once. After staring at it for a while, a plausible explanation occurred to us. It might have been formed and painted by a child whose mom polished it and fired it to show her how.
There must be other pieces like this, but we've never seen another with this big a contrast in its execution. Another little bit of history.
4-1/8" long x 3-3/4" wide x 3-1/4" high
Except for a few chips around the rim, it probably looks pretty much like it looked when it was new.