Zuni Olla, ca. 1885
The pot came from my great-aunt. She moved out to Tucson, Arizona, in about the mid-'60s, late '60s. While she was driving out there in Tucson, Arizona, she saw the pot on the side of the road. (chuckling) And she just picked it up.
Just lying on the side of the road?
Just lying on the side of the road.
That happens to me all the time. GUEST (laughing): Right. I really know nothing about it. She thought that it was a Navajo pot. Okay. But one time, when I was in the Field Museum, I saw a pot similar to it under the Zuni display. And so I thought, well, it, it must not be Navajo, it must be Zuni.
Now, the first thing that we do is, we look at the style. This is a classic rain bird design from the Zuni. The clay is Zuni. Now, the shape is interesting. Feel this slope here. This is diagnostic for 1880 to 1890. In a lot of cases, condition is a big deal, and I know that you noticed this damage. Actually, the damage is helpful to us-- a pot that's been used is going to be damaged. This is called an olla, or a short-necked jar. When we measured it, we saw this was 14-and-a-quarter inches in diameter. That's very, very large. So now I guess we know it's real. GUEST (chuckling): Okay.
What do you think it's worth?
Originally, I thought it was maybe only about a hundred, a couple of hundred dollars.
A couple of hundred dollars.
Because it was so damaged. I thought it's not worth much.
All right, all right. I can do a little bit better than that. GUEST (chuckling): Okay.
Zuni is really hot right now. In a private gallery, I think you're looking at $15,000 to $25,000. GUEST (laughing): Oh, my gosh. That's unbelievable.
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