Hopi Polychrome Large and Unique Lamp Base, c. 1940


A rare, striking and exceptional example of pottery virtuosity. There is a larger opening in the base, presumably for wiring, and a smaller one at the top. It is also possible that this was a commissioned piece for a particular lamp. The raised neck, which culminates in a flattened and decorated mesa-like top, features hooked triangular and fine line elements, all painted black. The surface is beautifully stone polished, with orange and black fire clouding. This is an extraordinary jar, possibly by Paqua.

Size 8″ x 13″
Condition Fine, with minor pitting and what appears to be a tight slip crack
Provenance A Colorado collection