Mexican 19th Century Retablo With Its Saint circa 1860 RARE M799


An utterly magical duo. Enchanting and powerful. The tiny saint is dressed and adorned with turquoise needs. A floral wreath seems to float above it. Completely otherworldly and yet also the comforting familiar of the household. A historic treasure in our eyes, a special window on a culture. Price on request.

Hipolito Camacho Adam and Eve and the Serpent Tree of Life M797


This awe-inspiring tableau is the work of Hipolito Camacho of Metepec, Estado de Mexico. There's a picture of an almost identical piece on p. 136 of Lenore Hoag Mulryan's Ceramic Trees of Life published by UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2003. Red clay painted white, it seems to vibrate with energy. The life force made concrete. The earthly paradise. Dwarfed ...

Mexican Retablo: “Doroteo Hernandes” 1940s M741


Mexican retablo, unsigned, 1940s. Painting on tin, 14.5w x 12d. Legend etched into black band at bottom of painting, translated from the Spanish: "The wretched Doroteo Hernandes, who on asking help from a fellow worker, was assaulted by many bandits with the pretext of stealing his corn, and was beaten until mortally wounded, and seeing himself ...

Julio Soto Mexican Folk Art Scene Resting Cowboys and a Flight of Grackles Oil on Canvas P1113


It's not often that we get a piece of folk art this spectacular. The cowboys resting their horses among their cattle in the pasture are wonderfully lively, but the flight of long tailed black birds (Mexican grackles) in the distance is what lends this large painting its magic and poetry. Signed Julio Soto. 1920s-30s. 38" x ...

Spanish Colonial Santo: Archangel A854


Judging by his martial aspect and the colors I would call this santo the Archangel Michael. Even missing his wings, his is a commanding presence. Price on request. Images of saints (santos) were known as bultos (sculptures) and retablos (paintings on wood). Local woods–aspen and cottonwood root for bultos and pine for retablos–were used; water-based paints were ...

Ocumicho Figure: Demon Dogs M683


This largest Ocumicho in the current collection features a demon dog open mouthed in the center, flanked by skeletons, smaller dogs, birds and other imagery. This one from a later period, late 50s-60s. Amazing. This piece from Michoacan, Mexico, is part of a larger collection once deemed as too risqué for LACMA during The Hollywood ...

Ocumicho Figure: Trio of Spotted Diablitos M681


Ocumicho diablitos, here in a trio, one orange, one brown, one black. This is work that is the glory of Michoacan, and comes from a collection LACMA turned down as a bequest because they worried their members would find the imagery too shocking. Late 1940s-early 1950s.  Mark on underside is the craftsperson's name: Catalina Martines. ...

Ocumicho Figure: Red Diablito with Acolytes M680


Ocumicho Red Diablito, a devilish king on a coiled snake throne, protected by light yellow acolytes. This piece from Michoacan comes to us from a collection LA's County Museum of Art passed on because they just couldn't risk the controversy showing these would have created. Late 1940s-early 1950s.  Mark on underside is the craftsperson's name: ...

Ocumicho Figure: Diablito with Skulls M677


Ocumicho Diablito with a skull on each shoulder, and a poor child under each arm. We are so glad the Los Angeles County Museum of Art turned this collection down, simply because they found the figures too shocking, if not downright subversive. Late 1940s-early 1950s. Mark on underside is the craftsperson's name: Catalina Martines. 22h, ...