Picuris Pueblo Micaceous Jar with Dramatic Fire Clouds, signed Martinez, c. 1950
The Clarks and Lippincotts sold and collected pottery from their favorite potters at Pecos National Monument (1951-1956) and Wide Ruins Trading Post (1941-1946) respectively from 1941-1956. Annette would retain her favorites from the combined family collections until the end of her life, leaving us with an unusual, personal and wonderful collection of mid-century pueblo pottery.
Clearly, Annette Clark had an appreciation for Micaceous pottery. There are 4 pieces in her collection including these 2 beautiful examples signed by a potter named Martinez (click here to view the second one). Both are nicely potted, thin and light like lifting a tea cup. They are both adorned with simply sumptuous fires clouds and decorated only with small triangular and diamond shaped impressions, reminiscent of Navajo pottery. Both have flaring rims and descend elegantly to a narrow base. We have come to think of Picuris pottery as small. I am grateful to the Clark’s (or possibly Lippincotts) for uncovering a fine forgotten Picuris potter named Martinez. My hope is that these wonderful jars will be sold and remain together as they’ve been for at least 60 years.
Size 9 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ diameter
Provenance collection of Annette and Merle Clark, caretakers at Pecos National Monument 1950-1956 and their close friends Sally and Bill Lippincott who owned Wide Ruins Trading Post from 1941-1945