Maria & Popovi Pottery, ca. 1965

Value (2009) | $24,000 Retail$36,000 Retail

My sister and I

inherited them

when our brother left everything

that he had to the both of us.

He did a lot

of traveling.

Over the years

he brought back a lot

of beautiful

Southwestern pottery.

I've got you.

And the little bit I know about

it is just from the books

that we kept when he passed away

and started reading on Maria.

But we knew that was

his favorite potterer.

So these are

Maria pots?


I saw the receipts.

I've got two receipts,

that's all I could find.

And he had paid, like,

$110 or something?

$110, $90, $125,

something like that.

Okay, there's two signatures on these pots.

Do you know who the

other signature is?

The Popovi is her son.


Her son didn't live a long time,

so they didn't make a lot

of pots together.

He was an excellent potter.

All of these pots are dual

signed Maria and Popovi,

and he was...

Popovi Da was his name.

Da, right.

And I just wanted

to turn this over,

because you can see

there's the Maria signature,

and the Popovi,

and the number.

And I believe this would

be fifth month of 1965.


I'm pretty sure

that it's the date.

The first pot over there,

it's a feather design.


And the plate is

the same thing.

These are called an avanyu.

It's a water serpent.

It's almost like a dragon

in Japan or China.


He bought the right pots,

and he bought them at the right

time for the right price.

They're burnished blackware.

She learned to do this in

the early '20s, late teens.

It's called reduction firing,

and that's what turns

them black like this.

Condition is a huge thing

with Maria pots.

There's a lot of them out there.

She made her living doing this.

Her whole family did.


So there's hundreds.

We see no less than

a half a dozen a show.

The half a dozen we see

are usually worth anywhere

from $400 to $1,200

because they've got nicks and

scratches and little dents.

These are really pristine

examples of her work.

The feather jar over there,

$8,000 to $12,000 in a retail

situation, conservatively.


The plate,

$8,000 to $12,000.

This little avanyu bowl,

$4,000 to $6,000,

and $4,000 to $6,000 for this.

So these four pots,

which were just sort of

Art Deco style tourist pieces

from the 1960s are worth

$24,000 on the low end,

$36,000 on the high end,

and possibly more.

More, okay.

Again, it's about collectors

wanting pristine examples,

and you've got them.


Appraisal Details

San Antonio, TX
Appraised value (2009)
$24,000 Retail$36,000 Retail
Raleigh, NC (June 27, 2009)
20th Century
Jug, Plate, Pot

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