Lot 141H: Miniature Native American / Peruvian Pottery Vessels
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
** A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit The Fowler Museum at UCLA **
Native American, Elizabeth Lovato, San Ildefonso Pueblo, NW of Santa Fe, New Mexico, dated 1985 CE. A blackware pottery jar signed by Elizabeth Lovato and inscribed "San Ildefonso Pue. '85" on the base. The San Ildefonso Pueblo is synonomous with the pottery of Maria Martinez. Her signature matte black on polished black pottery became so popular that its sales actually helped stabilize the isolated, drought ridden, over-logged, and influenza-ridden pueblo and many of the surrounding pueblos as well. Of course the Martinez family could not handle all this demand; so other highly skilled potters including Elizabeth Lovato and her brother Juan Tafoya arose to create some of this pueblo's finest work.
Native America, D.R. Lewis (?), New Mexico, Acoma Pueblo, ca. 1980s CE. A pair of Acoma potteries including a miniature plate decorated with an abstract animorphic figure in composite profile on the tondo and signed "ACOMA DR N.M." on the underside. The second Acoma piece is a figurine in a dynamic pose with outstretched arms and split legs, finely painted in native dress and ornaments, and presenting an expressive face with incised and applied features. Intials on the front foot present an overlapping D.R. - also suggesting D.R. Lewis.
Native American, V.C. Gachupin, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, ca. 1980s. A miniature polychrome bowl in red, black, and white hues, signed "V.C. Jemez" on the underside.
South America, Peru, ca. 1980s CE. A trio of polychrome Peruvian miniatures complement this lot, including a face jar, a stirrup jar with stylized geometrics, and a single-spouted lizard effigy jar. Size: largest 2.5" W x 2.125" H (6.4 cm x 5.4 cm) smallest 1.25" W x 1" H (3.2 cm x 2.5 cm)
Provenance: ex-Morgan Collection, Santa Monica, CA.
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Condition Report: Acoma figure's leg reattached. Others intact.