Rare Mata Ortiz Effigy Figure By Juan Quezada / Mexican Pottery - Museum Quality For Sale
Early Mata Ortiz - Paquime Style Effigy Figure ~ Juan Quezada ~
Mexico - Circa 1960's - 1970's
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Fine and rare pottery effigy, in the ancient Casa Grande - Paquime style, by master potter and founder of the Mata Ortiz pottery movement, Juan Quezada (born in 1939).
This is an extremely early piece for Juan Quezada, probably made during the late 1960's or early 1970's, before his work was discovered by Spencer MacCallum and the village of Mata Ortiz began it's amazing modern pottery movement.
This piece is not signed, however the attribution is correct and the piece has been looked at and confirmed to be by Juan Quezada by leading experts.
Height - - - 5.25"
This piece was completely hand-made using a medium to light brown clay. It is in the sculptural form of a woman looking upward and the features are naturalistically modeled. It is not a vessel, and the only opening in the hollow body is a small hole in the lower back of the piece. The piece is fairly light in weight and may be hollow all the way up through the neck and head, with only the arms, hands, and feet being solid clay.
The body is decorated with geometric designs in black and rust red on the buff background color of the clay. The lower sides show partial images of parrots. The facial features are quite expressive and the figure has an overall spiritual feeling, as well as the idea of a female fertility image. The painting is very well done and the designs are attractive and conform well to the form. The woman's hair is realistically sculpted and painted black.
The size of the figure is just right to hold in your hands and feels wonderful.
This effigy figure is in good condition with the following noted: A few very tiny chips and some crazing to small areas of the surface. The figure's right foot looks to have been broken off and glued back in place. This is almost invisible. An overall rich, glossy, darkened patina to the surfaces from age and handling.
Provenance: This piece was purchased from an antiques dealer in New York City, in March of 2006, and has been in my personal collection since that time.
The works of Juan Quezada are held in many museums and private collections. A search on the internet for "Mata Ortiz" or "Jaun Quezada" will turn up a wealth of information and images artist's work.
This is an important, rare, and historic example of Juan Quezada's early work. Please scroll down to see a number of images, showing the details of the piece.
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This piece will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Southwest or Mexican ceramicsand will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Southwest, Santa Fe - Taos style, Modernist, Native American, or Arts and Crafts decor.
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Rare Mata Ortiz Effigy Figure By Juan Quezada / Mexican Pottery - Museum Quality: $820