ISLETA POLYCHROME CANDLEHOLDER/ASHTRAY
This is almost unique, a totally over-the-top example of a now-vanished genre. When Laguna potters moved to Isleta in the late 19th century, they made hundreds of pieces strictly for sale to tourists from about 1900 to 1930. They were suitcase-friendly, mostly little baskets with rope-turned handles. They sold them at the Albuquerque railroad station. and countless numbers went off on the train and ended up in attics or thrift stores. This is something else. It's a candleholder with a handle that lets you take it to your bedside at night. And it's an ashtray with cigar rests. And it has the emphatic whirling log design that traders encouraged potters to use because they could tell the tourists it was a good luck symbol. Potters everywhere kept using it until Hitler came along. It's not hard to find Isleta tourist pieces, but we'd bet you won't find another one of these.
6" diameter excluding cigar rests and handle x 2-3/4" high
Condition excellent for its age, insignificant wear