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Summer Fine Art and Antique Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 9, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 619

Native American Pottery incl. Maria Martinez plus George Lopez Carvings, 4 pcs.

Estimate: $600 - $700

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1st item: San Ildelfonso blackware low bowl by Maria Martinez (1887-1980) depicting the Guardian of the Water deity Awanyu to the body. Incised signature "Marie" or "Maria" on the base. 2 1/2" H x approx. 5 1/4" dia. 1st half 20th century. 2nd item: Santa Clara Pueblo blackware jar by Tammy Borts-Garcia (b. 1969) having heavily carved geometric designs to the upper shoulder. Signed on the base and dated 1990. 3 1/2" H x approx. 4 1/4" dia. 3rd-4th items: Pair of George Lopez (New Mexico, 1900-1993) carved cottonwood rabbits, both depicted sitting upright, one holding a carrot in his front paws. Both signed in ink on the base "George Lopez, Cordova, N Mex". Both: 6" H. Biography: "George Lopez came from several generations of wood-carvers. The work of his father, Jose Dolores Lopez, and that of his nephew Eluid Levi Martinez also appears in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Lopez grew up in Cordova, New Mexico, but ran away from his home when he was nineteen to work on the railroad. He returned to New Mexico many years later and devoted his time to carving animals and traditional santos." (source: Smithsonian American Art Museum).

The Collection of Dr. Joe Newsom Rawlings, Davisboro, GA; Martinez bowl acquired in 1991 at an auction in Minnesota from the estate of a physician who had wintered in the Southwest in the 1930s.


1st item: Minor scattered wear to surface, some minor glaze loss to rim. 2nd item: Minor scattered light wear to glaze. 3rd-4th items: Overall good condition with light wear.