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Summer Selections: Fine & Decorative Arts

Wed, Jul 19, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 390

Maria Martinez & Popovi Da Blackware Pot

Estimate: $400 - $800

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Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1887-1980) and Popovi Da (Antonio Martinez) (San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1923-1971). Blackware ceramic pot with one decorative band. Signed "Martinez" and "Popovi" and dated 6/60 (June 1960) along the underside.

Maria Martinez was a member of the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico. She is credited with the rediscovery of the method for making blackware pottery such as this piece, and received two honorary doctorates for her pottery work. Popovi Da, born Antonio Martinez, was her son.

Provenance: From the collection of Frederick and Catherine Asher, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Frederick M. Asher and Catherine E. Asher were prominent scholars in the field of Art History. Both dedicated their lives to the education of students, teaching for many years as professors at the University of Minnesota. They both had a passion for South Asian art, traveling extensively throughout India, Asia, and the Middle East. Selections from their travels and careers as avid art historians are offered in this auction. Their collection includes Indian jewelry, Japanese woodblock prints, an incredible slide collection, and much more.

Height: 4 in x diameter: 4 1/4 in.


There are no visible chips, cracks, losses, or restorations. Light wear and scratching throughout consistent with age and use. There is a network of minute white accretions with several larger accretions throughout.

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