From the Nick and Suzanne Nicholas Collection we have a Native American Pottery Bowl which was purchased at the same time as the signed Maria Martinez bowl Lot #2289. Bowl was purchased with the signed bowl as being an unsigned Maria Martinez Pottery Two Handled Bowl (1918-1923). We are selling the pottery as being a Maria Martinez unsigned bowl with no authentication, and no guarantee that it is her pottery, based entirely on the information supplied to the consignors upon purchase of the bowl. Measures approx. 5.75'' G x 11.5''W. Bowl has protection pads on the bottom. Early works by Maria and Julian Martinez approximately between the years of 1918 to 1923 are unsigned. Pottery signed "Marie" was most likely made between 1920 and 1925 since it was made by Maria and then painted by Julian. Initially, husband Julian's name was omitted from the signature since making pottery was considered women's work. From 1925 until Julian's death in 1943, Maria shared the underside pottery signature with Julian and signed her name along with his as "Marie + Julian". These are some of the most desirable pots.Bowl has also been painted with protective spray. Rich & Suzanne purchased this bowl in at an Estate Sale & also purchase Lot #2290 at the same time, as being an unsigned bowl by Maria Martinez. Maria Montoya Martinez (born 1887, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico - Passed away July 20, 1980, San Ildefonso Pueblo) was a Native American artist who created internationally known pottery. Martinez (born Maria Antonia Montoya), her husband Julian, and other family members examined traditional Pueblo pottery styles and techniques to create pieces which reflect the Pueblo people's legacy of fine artwork and crafts. Martinez was from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, a community located 20 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At an early age, she learned pottery skills from her aunt. During this time, Spanish tinware and Anglo enamelware had become readily available in the Southwest, making the creation of traditional cooking and serving pots less necessary. Traditional pottery making techniques were being lost, but Martinez and her family experimented with different techniques and helped preserve the cultural art.