A New Trastero Means A Re-organization of the Gallery….
For those of you that have been inside my gallery, you know how small it is. One new addition can throw everything off balance. Well, I got a grouping of New Mexican furniture, a trastero, a bench and two chairs. The trastero is the first to come into the gallery, and its size meant I had to go through an early Spring cleaning! Here are some photos of the space re-arranged.
New Mexican Trastero 19th C.
You can see the trastero by the window, as well as a couple of new Navajo weavings; the small two houses pictorial and the large, fine and early Two Grey Hills. The trastero measures 67.5″ tall, 32″ wide and 13″ deep. It has some wonderful details for which a few photos show below. I imagine this trastero dates from 1850 – 1870 based on the construction of mortise and tenon as well as the use of square nails. It was painted at one time, and most of that paint has been stripped off with some red paint remaining on the inside.
Oscar Berninghaus Painting
There is also a painting by Oscar Berninghaus (gouache on paper) seen above the glass case and shown below – a Pueblo man at Taos wrapped in a blanket.
Early Ohkay Owingeh Water Jar and Two Grey Hills Weaving
New is an Ohkay Owingeh jar, very likely 1830 – 1840, seen on the white pedestal between the Two Houses Navajo rug and the Two Grey Hills Navajo rug and pictured below. This water jar has a wonderful butterscotch colored lower half, and this soft caramel hue goes all the way up the jar. The large Two Grey Hills weaving is a tour de force, with a rattlesnake in the center.
Lastly, the incredible sandstone head of a man found in Mora, NM (almost 8″ tall) way back when – it’s wonderfully creepy in the all the right ways! These pieces, and others new to the gallery, will be posted soon on my Collections page. So please stay posted! Or, if you can make it in, then please drop by the gallery.