Auction 2018 - Sold

Lot 204

This lot was auctioned April 7th.

William R. Leigh
1866-1955
Potter of Orabi
Oil on board
10 x 10 1/2 inches
FRAMED/BASE: 14 x 15 inches
ESTIMATE: $ 25,000 - $ 45,000
Signed lower left
Sold For: $ 58,500
Includes buyer's premium

Additional Details

Oraibi, a Hopi village in Arizona, was one of those ancient unspoiled places William R. Leigh marveled at. In Potter of Oraibi, Leigh shows us a young woman–pottery in the pueblos was traditionally the province of women–tending to a pot as it fires in the conical oven. The smoke from the fire and the glow from the oven as it is reflected in the woman’s face suggest the spirit that each piece of pottery possesses. A beautifully rendered and painted jar sits beside the potter, and, at left, the crags of the adobe wall glow in the low light.
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