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Airplane by Candelario Medrano

Price: $1,500.00
 
Era: late 20th century
Origin: Santa Cruz de las Huertas
Artist: Candelario Medrano
Condition: excellent
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Dimensions: 32in x 21in x 9in

This ceramic airplane was made by the renowned Candelario Medrano, one of the top figural ceramists in Mexico.  He lived in Santa Cruz de las Huertas in the state of Jalisco, one of the largest pottery-producing states in Mexico.  Medrano is known for his whimsical castles, bandstands, churches, slim apartment buildings, circus tents, arks, animals, naguales, owls, boats, trains, buses, taxis, cars and airplanes.  On some of these pieces he would populate them with groups of happy people oftentimes with very expressive faces. 

The airplane is made of polychromed clay which was hand-modeled and mold-made.  After firing the pieces were painted with yellow, green, and red esmalte (poster paint): his exciting color juxtapositions make each piece unique.  The playful airplane has more than a dozen small passengers- some ride within the plane, others hang out the windows, and some even ride on the wing. The figures were press molded around a wire and inserted in the holes in the floor of the piece so that they can be seen through the windows.  

The airplane was a common theme within the work of Candelario Medrano and this is a prime example offered here.   Medrano is now deceased but several of his relatives continue working in his style.   This large plane is in excellent condition.


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