Mexican Tonalá Sandstone Vase With Tree and Dove Designs
The designs on this hand thrown, hand painted vase are traditional ones from the area around Tonalá, Mexico. The colors are brown, white, pale sage green, dark green, cobalt blue and pale blue, all created with shiny slip. The slip was applied thickly to create a raised surface; the body of the vase is the natural sandstone color and texture of the unglazed clay.
The dove with the stylized brown wings is hovering over a tree trunk with dashed lines that represent the bark. There is a branch reaching out with green leaves, blue flowers and brown buds. On the back of the vase, there are green leaves and white petals and a brown flower stem, with groups of three dots on either side. The upper rim of pale sage green is bordered by a band of brown and there is another brown band around the bottom. The mark on the bottom of this piece is the word Mexico with the initials CO under that.
The vase measures 7 inches tall, 5 inches across the hip, with a 3 inch wide mouth and 3 1/4 inch diameter base. It's sturdy and quite heavy, weighing just over 2 pounds. The interior has a clear glaze which allows it to hold liquids, so it can be used for a vase for fresh flowers, but looks pretty on its own. It’s in very excellent condition and makes a nice addition to a Mexican folk art collection.