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“The Leaning Pitcher”: San Ildefonso Large Polychrome Pedestal Pitcher with Negative Mid-body Band, c. 1900

$1,350.00

Fine (especially large)San Ildefonso polychrome pitchers from the early 20th century are a sub-specialty all their own. )This example is tall and wide at the mid-body.). I love them for their rarity and for their visual appeal. This strongly visual pitcher, from Teal McKibben’s collection, features 3 design fields: the neck, unusually, is the major design field featuring 2-tone bisected leaves. The 3 sets of double framing lines creates a unique design feature: 2 of the 3 sets of framing lines are close together at the mid-body creating a completely empty band! The lower half features encircling triangles, alternating red and black. Of great interest, is the fact that this pitcher is slipped white from top to bottom. Only a few potters were known slip their pottery this way. And they include some of the finest early 20th potters from San Ildefonso: Dolorita Montoya and Martina and Florentino Montoya, among others. This is a fine example with possible ethnographic use as the surface shows much handling although, happily, the design is clearly evident.

Condition: Very fine, unrestored with minimal surface wear

Provenance: The Collection of Teal McKibben

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