Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Daryle Lambert: Indian Pots and Indian Artifacts
I've gotten a little excited about Indian Pots after mine sold for $2,220 at auction. It was a older one, by Marie and Julian Martinez of the San Ildefonso Pueblo tribe. This piece is called "Black on Black" because of the way in which it was fired. The buyer is probably please with the purchase, because I believe he can still double his money on it, if it wasn't bought for his or her personal collection.
As I've studied, I found that pieces from 1880 to 1920 seem to bring the most money, however there are exceptions depending on who the potter was. There are many tribes that produced fine pottery including the San Inldefonso, Santa Domingo, Santa Ana, Acoma, Zuni, Zia, Laguna, and Jemez tribes.
Pottery production had almost vanished until the twentieth century, and then it had a dramatic revival because of the traders. Most of the pottery you will find today was made after the turn of the 20th century.
A book that will help in your search in the field of Indian pottery treasures is North American Indian Artifacts by Lar Hothem. This will will be a wonderful start into your research of Indian artifacts. It not only includes pottery, but Indian Blankets, Arrowheads, Bead Work, Baskets, Pipes and many other objects. This book is a must if you find you have an interest in Indian artifacts.
The following examples and their prices of these might be low today, as my guide was printed in 1998. But starting with a 1910 Zia Pueblo Storage Jar, 17" x 20", with a subject resembling a road runner, shows an estimate of $45,000. Now remember, that was in 1998. be low because my book was printed in 1998. A Zuni Water Jug depicting a deer, with a 14" diameter water jug with a deer, estimated to have been made in 1890, is valued at $7,500. A 1960's 11" Maria and Popovi Da San Ildefonso Black on Black Plate, is estimated at $9,500.
There is a lot of very inexpensive Indian pottery on the market so be advised get some books or take the pieces that you are thinking of buying to an expert before you spend your money. On the other hand, if you find a piece that looks as if it is old or has a great look of quality to it and the price is extremely cheap, take a chance. You might just walk away with a treasure. Like I say, there aren't many people qualified to appraise Indian artifacts.
I'll be writing more about Indian Artifacts in future Blogs, so stay tuned.
If you're out in Marin County, California or planning to travel there on February 23 & 24th next month, The 24th Annual Marin Show: Art of the Americas would be the place to go to see these items up close and meet some of the most well respected dealers in the world. Click here for more information about this show.
Steve Elmore's Indian Art site is a good place to take a look at some of these items and see how they are priced in his gallery. And, by all means, do an Internet search on what interests you, whether it be pots, baskets, blankets or anything else, and see what you might learn.
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