Flor de Tonalá Mexican Sandstone Vase with Bird on Branch
The decorations on this hand thrown, hand painted vase are taken from 400 year old designs from the area around Tonalá, Mexico. The bird perched on a branch with a central flower is a very iconic design for vases like this one which are made with an unglazed clay that has a sandstone surface and color. The flower is called the flor de Tonalá (Tonalá flower). It has a distinctive shape with an oval center surrounded by five or more petals that are usually a deep blue. The mark on the bottom of this piece is the word Mexico with the initials CO under that.
The colors on this vase are brown, white, green, turquoise, and cobalt blue, all created with shiny slip. The interior has a clear glaze which allows it to hold liquids, so fresh flowers are an option. The vase measures 8 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches across the hip, with a 4 inch wide mouth and 3 inch diameter base. It’s in very excellent condition and makes a nice addition to a Mexican folk art collection.