Maria Martinez Pot & Diary, ca. 1930

Value (2013) | $40,000$60,000

It was obtained by my grandmother in 1929 from Marie Martinez. She actually went to Marie's house and purchased it there. She kept diaries for over 70 years. She died when she was 99. And this was one of the nice finds that we had when we could actually date the exact date that she bought it.

This is a true treasure. First of all, we see a half a dozen or more Maria pots almost every single show.


She made hundreds of pots, hundreds of pots. She made a few treasures that are great works of art, and this is one of them. The documentation's wonderful that you have with it. It's a complex pot. It's much more complicated than most of the ones she did. It has a few nicks and a few little dings, which always affects the value of her pots. That being said, in the late 1990s, a pot came up for sale, similar sort of shape, brought just under $30,000. It was half this size.


So, considering the documentation, which I think adds several thousand dollars to the value, I think if this pot came on the market this scale, on the conservative end, $40,000. Being a little bit more expansive, $60,000. So $40,000 to $60,000 for the pot.

Appraisal Details

San Antonio, TX
Appraised value (2013)
Baton Rouge, LA (July 27, 2013)

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