Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MARGARET TAFOYA POT

Margaret TafoyaQ: I purchased a pot by the Indian artist, Margaret Tafoya, in 1991. It is 4 1/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide. At the time I was told the value was $7,200. Since then Margaret has passed away and I would like to know if the value of this piece has increased.

A: Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) was born at Santa Clara Pueblo, near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her name in Tewa, the language of seven Southwestern pueblos, was Corn Blossom. Margaret learned to pot from her mother, Sara Fina Tafoya (1863-1949), and worked with her until she died. Margaret Tafoya's work is often decorated with bearpaw designs, the symbol of good luck. She is also known for deeply carved designs with the recessed areas in matte finish, the rest highly polished clay surfaces. Indian arts are currently commanding very high prices. The New York Times reported a gift shop sale of a Tafoya pot in 2005 for $19,500.

4 comments:

nance said...

The item about the Tafoya pot makes me wonder about two pots I purchased from the Museum of Northern Arizona in the late 60's They are 6" and 7" wide and signed Elva Nampeo. A letter from the museum told me some years ago that Elva had passed away. I wonder about value now.

William said...

Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery (andreafisherfinepottery.com) is a major repurtable dealer in Southwest Native American Pottery. They have several pieces by Margaret Tafoya listed for sale on their web site. They should be able to give you an estimate of the current retail price of your pot

nance said...

Thanks for the suggestion, William, but I don't see any indication that they offer appraisals, except perhaps with a walk in. I'm in Hawaii, and there is little chance of finding an expert opinion here.

SKYE RIVERS said...

Try calling and see if you can send pictures for an estimate.