Santa Clara Five-Color Oblong Bowl possibly by Belen Tapia, c. 1930’s


Belen Tapia (1916-1999) was one of just a few potters who favored this polychrome style. Some, such as Rose Gonzales, were from San Ildefonso. Another, Sara Fina Tafoya, would sign hers in a rectangular box. This especially rich and vibrant one is unsigned. That, along with the very old “From the Pueblo of Santa Clara” sticker indicates that this may well be an early example by Belen who may have produced these as early as the 1930’s. What stands out on this one is the very deep and satisfying all-over red slip that is the backdrop for the black, salmon, grey, and blue colors of the chain of mountain designs that encircle the bowl. Not sure I’ve ever seen a more lovely example.

Size 2.5 deep x 5.5” long
Condition Excellent for its age
Provenance A Dallas collection


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