I believe Rose must have been influenced by the beauty of spring while creating this wonderful piece. She chose to use symbols of birth and growth. The meticulously painted polychrome around the rim of the white slipped bowl uses rain and wind symbols along with flowers beginning to bloom.
The mid-section features a mother deer and her fawn, each with a red heartline. Each pair is repeated four times. They are bounded by four flowers on stalks with leaves, which are also repeated four times.
The lower third of the bowl is rag slipped with the red slip. The bowl is signed Rose C Garcia on the bottom, with her signature glyph.
This is a most unusual piece with a mother and fawn. Very seldom are male and female deer specified on Acoma pottery. This is a very rare and unusual piece of pottery by an acclaimed potter.
As the daughter of Marie Z. Chino, Rose began working in clay at an early age emulating her mother’s style and design. Later as her she became a more accomplished and recognized potter in her own right, she began to develop her own style and designs. Rose was best known for her unique dear with heartlines, as well as traditional shapes of mountains, rain and plants.
Her work has been included in every major book chronicling Acoma pottery. Her list of prizes awarded at Indian Market in Santa Fe is quite long. Rose Chino Garcia’s pottery is in the collections of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and numerous private collections around the world. Today, her work is becoming more and more difficult to obtain.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a gentleman in Arizona.