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Appraiser JM
Appraiser JM, Accredited Appraiser
Category: Appraisals
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Rarewares, I have a clay pot I would like to know about. It

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Hi rarewares, I have a clay pot I would like to know about. It is 7" tall and 7.5" in diameter.
Thanks so much!
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appraisals
Expert:  Rarewares replied 1 year ago.

I do not know about this one. I will opt-out and allow another expert to answer.

Expert:  Appraiser JM replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'm happy to help.

Just to clarify--you mean the black and white piece in the geometric pattern?

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Appraiser JM replied 1 year ago.

It does have somewhat of a feel of Acoma pottery, but Acoma would have a plain terracotta or white interior and base. Wouldn't be glazed black like this appears to be. It's also a bit horizontal/vertical for Acoma, which tends to incorporate diagonals.

I think this is a modern decorative pottery.

It's unsigned--when and where did you get it?

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was told by the person that owned it before me that it was Navajo and he bought it in the 1960's.
Expert:  Appraiser JM replied 1 year ago.

It's theoretically possible, but it's an atypical pattern. Navajo pottery would have the black interior, but the striping is odd for Navajo.

No signature to be found anywhere within the pattern?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  Appraiser JM replied 1 year ago.

Without a name, as mid-20th century Navajo pottery with an atypical pattern, the value would be $200-$250.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm concerned that if you've never seen anything like it, maybe the previous owner might be wrong. What makes you think it is Navajo?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also, what would it have been used for?