San Juan Red on Tan Olla with Rich Brown Coloration c. 1890

Red-on-tan ollas differ from each other in subtleties. Like snow flakes, we need to look closely to see how no two are ever alike. This is a classic example highly distinguished by beautiful and elegant form, strong separation between the red and tan fields and fire clouds that range fromt the dramatic to the subtle. The red covers at least 3/4 of the jar to pleasing effect and the surface shows subtle surface crackling from the traditional firing. Some pottery zings us with drama; some are quietly lovely, like this fine jar.

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9 in. tall x 11.5 in. diameter