An unusual San Ildefonso blackware plate
Maria Poveka, drawn with the repeat feather pattern about the open center, a trio of framing bands overhead.
Diameter 11 3/8in
The unusual element in this otherwise iconic feather design plate is the signature. The vast majority of the pottery made by Maria Martinez with the "Maria Poveka" signature is unpainted blackware. In his book MARIA, Northland Publishing, 1989, author Richard L. Spivey tells us on page 68: "When Maria began working with her son Popovi Da, in 1956, the signature then became 'Maria/Popovi'...and at that time they began to distinguish between pottery that was done by Maria alone and that which was done in collaboration. When the pottery was undecorated the signature was 'Maria Poveka'." Here then, in the present lot, is an example from that period made by Maria and painted by Popovi (likely) but signed in the singular "Maria Poveka".