Juan Sandoval enjoyed creating storytellers that sing bringing a contagious joy to his sculptures. His pieces portray a childlike innocence that draws one into the piece. This storyteller is one of his earlier pieces inspired by Native American Life. The storyteller is lovingly holding a dog and singing her story. She is 6" x 5 " and made of red clay and paint.
When we acquired this piece it had apparently sustained minor damage to the base during a minor earthquake where Sandoval's original signature was written and some minor chips to the edges of the poncho also near the bottom of the sculpture. (Please review pictures closely) However, we purchased it in 1980 because the break on the bottom does not distract one from the naked beauty of the sculpture. In fact, it seems to add additional character as if the storyteller seems to want to sing the story about her very survival and she stands strong on her own without any issues. This is simply an amazing piece that is very unique in nature and filled with Native Indian energy.
Juan Sandoval is listed among the top 150 pottery sculpture artists by Schiffer Book for Collectors entitled “Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery” by Douglas Congdon-Martin and several of his red clay pieces are displayed in the Vatican and the Smithsonian Museum.
Base of sculpture is broken, but it still stands on its own. Some chips on the edges of the poncho, but in good condition in spite of these issues. Moderate wear from age. Please refer to images.
Juan Sandoval Indian Storyteller - c.1964 - 1970
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