Polychrome Pottery Plate Lela and Van Gutierrez
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pre 1950: Item # 1146957
Territorial Indian Arts
7077 E. Main St. #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Famed for their use of many clay colors to paint their hand crafted pottery, Lela and Van Gutierrez created a stand alone style at the Pueblo of Santa Clara. As they traveled throughout the southwest as migrant farm workers, they sought out unusual clay deposits to achieve up to a dozen new colors.
Lela, d.1967 and Van, d.1955 made many beautiful pieces through the decades. They passed on their knowledge and style to their son and daughter, Luther and Margaret.
A rare plate by Lela is boldly painted by Van with at least six colors,including purple as well as green, violet, brown, red, orange and white.
This 10 1/2" diameter plate is unusual in that the back is stone burnished red slip. Circa 1940-50.
Excellent condition for its age, from the Estate of Nelle and Gerry Ashton.
Buyer pays $20.00 for shipping and insurance.