With sharply flaring underbody, globular midsection and straight raised rim, painted in a single band of flowing interconnected leaf forms and blossoms. height 9in, diameter 10in
Ex-Mindlehoff Brothers, to the Smithsonian Institution in 1884. Ex-Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (#107213); Deaccessioned by the Smithsonian Institution in 1963. Ex-Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
See Batkin, page 155, for A Polychrome Olla, Acoma or Laguna Pueblo, circa 1870, featuring similar floral designs. The Acoma/Laguna olla illustrated in Batkin is in the collection of the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
See Frank and Harlow, Color Plate XXV, for A Polychrome Olla, Laguna, circa 1880, featuring floral designs similar to the floral designs at work in this olla. The Laguna olla illustrated in Frank and Harlow is in the collection of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico (#18704/12).
See Harlow, Two Hundred Years of Historic Pueblo Pottery: The Gallegos Collection, Plate 15, for A Polychrome Olla, Acomita Culture, circa 1780, with a shape and a white background similar to the shape and white background at work in this olla.
See Vincent, Brydon, and Coe, page 205, Fig. T105, for A Polychrome Olla with Floral Designs, Acomita Culture, circa 1800-1850, with similar floral patterns. The Acomita Olla illustrated in Vincent, Brydon, and Coe, is in the Thaw collection at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
"This is an Acoma polychrome olla of the highest rarity and style." -J.S.
Like dancers in a painting by Matisse, the figures swirl around the jar with both grace and self-assurance, waving cocky flags of black as they pass. This is a Pueblo pottery jar with 'attitude'. The artist was obviously having so much fun that it didnt matter if the black edging missed some of the red areas, or intruded onto the side of the flower petal, or dripped into the interior of the flower on the right. At one place the artist noticed an edge line placed too far from the red, smudged it off a bit, repainted the line and went on. Even the tiny dot edging around and inside the flowers was painted with defiant insouciance. -F.H.H.