Native American Vintage Santo Domingo Pottery Olla, Ca 1950's, #1543

$ 1,750.00

Native American Vintage Santo Domingo Pottery Olla, Ca 1950's, #1543

Description: #1543 Native American Vintage Santo Domingo Pottery Olla, Ca 1950's. Attributed to Monica Silva, with a white rag-applied slip.

Dimensions: 12" x 10.5 "

Condition: Very good for age.

Provenance: From the Bertram and Ruth Malenka Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts.

Monica Silva is recognized as one of the best of the early 20th century potters at Santo Domingo Pueblo. She was active in the 1920s to 1940s. Her work is very recognizable; for example, her dough bowls have a very distinctive shape. They have high shoulders that roll inward about an inch and end in a short neck. Her designs are very bold and executed in strong black guaco paint.

Silva was born around 1900 and raised at Santa Clara Pueblo. She lived there until she married Santiago Lovato of Santo Domingo Pueblo and moved to his pueblo. She taught and popularized blackware pottery at Santo Domingo and learned to make traditional Santo Domingo pottery. She remained at Santo Domingo for the remainder of her life. (Source: Adobegallery)

From the Estate of Bertram and Ruth Malenka, ardent collectors whose passion for works of art and decorative objects spanned continents and centuries. During their more than 60-year marriage, the couple amassed a collection of more than 150 works that they carefully studied, restored, displayed, and admired.

The Malenka's diverse acquirement process grew as their interests evolved. The collection commenced with Japanese ukiyo-e prints that Mr Malenka acquired while stationed in Tokyo, shortly after the Japanese surrendered in WWII. From there, Mr and Mrs Malenka grew their collection to encompass an impressive array of African Art acquired at auction; American Southwest decorative pieces, some of which were purchased from the Santa Fe Indian Market; and then to drawings by modern masters, including Joan Miró and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, from galleries and auctions. Several of their German Expressionist and Modernist works on paper were featured in the Bonhams, May 14th Impressionist & Modern Art sale held in New York.

MALENKA, Bertram Julian Of Belmont was born June 8, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Morris and Mollie and sister, Millicent, who died at an early age. He attended James Madison High School and started college at Columbia with the ambition of becoming an artist. World War II interrupted his education but he returned to Columbia where he captained the fencing team and switched majors to physics. While there he met Ruth Stolper who would go on to become his wife of over 60 years before her death in 2015. Bert went to graduate school at Harvard where he received his PhD in physics and met many of the people who would become his lifelong friends. He stayed at Harvard for several years before moving on to Washington University, Tufts and then Northeastern where he spent the majority of his professional career. Bert's passions were tennis and art. He had a standing game into his early 80's. He believed strongly in the value of museums and their collections and sat on many visiting committees for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His keen intellect and fine eye won him the admiration and friendship of a generation of collectors, curators and dealers. His passions for art and tennis are a legacy shared by his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by his eldest son, David J. (wife Ann, daughter Emma, son Jacob) and his younger son Robert C. (son Nicholas, son Benjamin). Interment at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by: Short, Williamson & Diamond Belmont 617.484.6900. Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 30, 2018

Malenka, Ruth S. (Stolper) Of Belmont, August 6. Beloved wife of Bertram J. Malenka. Dear and devoted mother of David J. Malenka and his wife, Ann M. of Etna, NH and Robert C. Malenka of Palo Alto, CA. Loving grandmother of Jacob C., Emma C., Benjamin J., and Nicholas S. Malenka. Sister of the late Enoch L. Stolper and Virginia Frank. Ruth graduated from high school in Brooklyn at the age of 16 and went on to get her BA at Brooklyn College graduating in 1946. She then completed a Masters at Teacher's College Columbia. In 1948, she began her 67 year marriage to Bertram J. Malenka and moved to Boston to join him as he pursued his doctorate in physics, while she obtained a MSW at Boston University. She spent more than 60 years in social services passionately helping those in need beginning as a case worker at the Margaret Fuller House in Cambridge, the Cambridge Jewish Community Center and the Boston Association for Retarded Children. She moved on to administrative roles running Catalyst in Social Work, as director of Cambridge/Somerville Social Services and then director of Brookline/Newton/Wellesley Social Services. During the Dukakis administration she was Assistant Secretary for Social Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her late '70's and '80's, she returned to case work as a social work for VNAs affiliated with Mt. Auburn hospital. She had many other interests including politics, both local in Belmont and on the national level with the Democratic Party. She was a fierce defender of human rights and gave freely of her time and money to support social justice. Together with her husband Bert, she assembled an important collection of art and was a strong supporter of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She cared passionately for her family and friends and this "force of nature" will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by the: Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home Belmont 617-484-6900. Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 9, 2015

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