Very Rare Taos Pueblo Large Storage Jar, c. 1900


I can only guess as to why these stately old jars are so rare. Perhaps few were made; or they were used until they simply disintegrated; or the art market wanted “fancier” pottery. Regardless, we are fortunate to have this majestic example, thick-walled and heavy, a true pueblo home utilitarian ceramic. It is worn black from water use and perhaps some use as a large cooking pot; with good light, orange/golden highlights, the color of a Taos clay, bleed through. The only other adornment is the pinched pie-crust rim. Looking inside is like looking into a deep New Mexican well. It's in the subtleties and this is a wonderful example of a forgotten pottery form.

Condition some small base cracks and heavy wear, but no restoration
Provenance a Santa Fe collection


Additional information



13 1/2" tall by 17 1/2" diameter