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A historic Acoma Pueblo “Tularosa Revival”-style

polychrome pottery pitcher by Mary Histia, c.1920

By this time period, Mary Histia had basically become a Pueblo pottery rockstar and a destination visit for anyone visiting Acoma Pueblo which is only 65 or so miles west of Albuquerque, NM and a relatively short

15-mile wagon ride from the Santa Fe Railroad stop at nearby Laguna Pueblo. The great Southwest photographer, Adam Clark Vroman had memorably photographed Histia as a young woman at the turn of the century holding one of her large pottery jars and had dubbed her “Acoma Mary” and her fame grew from there.  Her “Tularosa-Revival” style pottery vessels, based on prehistoric Tularosa, Socorro and Chacoan-style vessels discovered by archaeologists and others in and around the vicinity of Acoma and Laguna Pueblos, were an instant hit and spawned a literal cottage industry of collaborators and imitators at Acoma which continues to this day much like the “Sikyatki-Revival” style of pottery made by Nampeyo, Grace Chappella and Paqua Naha took root and eventually became the predominant style of pottery at Hopi.

Like many potters during these “tourist” years, which were the heyday of the Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey Company bringing visitors to the Southwest, Histia made certain non-completely Pueblo “tourist”-style forms such as pitchers like this one as well as plates, coffee cups, flower vases and salt and pepper shakers. Histia would later become even more well known as Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite Native American artist. Her pottery pieces adorned many government offices in Washington D.C. and were frequently given as state gifts to foreign dignitaries during the Roosevelt administrations.

The pitcher measures 7 1/2” in height and is 6 3/4” diameter. It is unsigned by the artist as befits its quite early time period. Since the vessel is not signed there is no way to know beyond the shadow of a doubt who made it but we firmly believe the pitcher was made by Mary Histia because our long experience with her work, because of the obvious high quality of the pitcher’s potting and because of the early presentation and extremely beautiful rendition of the "Tularosa-Revival” design style Histia pioneered. The pitcher is in completely excellent original condition with no cracks, no chips, and no restoration. There are a few extremely minor abrasions to lip and a couple of very minor abrasions to lower body and bottom. The vessel is extremely well potted, with thin, even, hard-fired walls and a complex and very beautifully-painted "Tularosa-Revival” style design.

All in all, this pitcher is a beautifully-crafted, beautifully-designed pottery vessel by one of the most distinguished Pueblo potters in recorded history.

Price $1,450


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