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TESUQUE BLACK ON CREAM BOWL circa 1880


This highly polished  bowl begins to explain why collectors should cherish early Tesuque pottery—the pieces made before Santa Fe traders took over Tesuque pottery production and turned the Pueblo into a large-scale rain god factory. This is made the way the good old good ones were made, carefully formed and polished inside and out, then fired to a hard, durable surface. The undecorated underbody and interior reveal the fine brown clay that characterizes the  best early Tesuque ollas, and the slipped and painted exterior demonstrates the colors and decorating style of the period. This is in nearly implausible condition for a piece well over a century old. The fact that there are collection numbers all over its base tells us that it's probably been sitting undisturbed on climate-controlled museum shelves for most of its life.

     A really fine example. If you want one piece in your collection to represent historic Tesuque pottery, you can't do much better than this.


6-3/4" diameter x 4" high


Surprisingly, like new.

It's been cared for all these years.


S-946   SOLD