The complex, beautifully hand painted designs and large, impressive size caught our attention, but it was the wide-eyed, startled expression that convinced us to buy this sitting cat. Made in Mexico in the state of Jalisco by a Tonalá potter, this folk art housecat is covered with bruñido (burnished) traditional motifs like large flowers (complete with roots growing down into the ground) and a lovely white deer.
Formed on grainy gray local clay and complete with whiskers, collar and a curling, furry tail, this feline is simply charming. The quiet shades of gray and peach, accented with white, are so compatible with our current decorating trends. The cat stands 14 to 14 1/2 inches tall (one ear is higher than the other) on an oval base 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches. Although it is hollow, it weighs a sturdy 5 pounds. In excellent condition, with a tiny chip on the collar and a few scratches in the paint (all of which we magnified in our photographs), this cat display beautifully. It's a wonderful piece of Mexican folk art.