The candelabra/ candle holders are hidden in the sculptures design. What a magnificent piece of art, and the history that goes with these artist pieces are fantastic! The sculpture pieces are in great shape- bright bold colors, a few pieces have nicks and the Adam has a hand break, and a few leaves have some breaks. Looks like the canleabra has never had a candle in it. Please see photos for details.
20" tall X 14" across. It is a large candlestick/ piece of art. Signed and dated on the back! The Ortega family has been working in barro betus for generations. Also called Cerámica Fantástica (Fantastic Ceramics) because of the bright colors used, barro betus gets its name from the oil bath it receives in aceite de betus (oil of betus - a resin extracted from the pine tree) before it is fired.
Santa Cruz de las Huertas, a suburb of Tonalá is known as the main producers of barro betus. Subject matter ranges from roosters, coyotes, owls, figures of Trees of Life - all made with a whimsical sense of fun and bright colors. Gerardo Ortega is well known for his Arboles de la Vida (Trees of Life).
His teachers were his father, Eleuterio Ortega Hernandez, and his grandmother Natividad Hernandez. Gerardo is the fourth generation to work with barro betus.
His grandparents worked in the fields in the planting and harvesting seasons and in their spare time were engaged in developing their art. Gerardos grandmother designed pieces such as roosters, animals, candlesticks, chests of animals and fruits, covered with nahuales (a human being who has the power to magically turn him, or herself into an animal form, most commonly donkey, turkey and dogs, but also other and more powerful animals) and surrealistic figures. The origin of barro betus dates back to colonial times and is surrounded by myths. The most popular pieces of art are the colorful Nahual figures with the reputation of coming from a magical world. He has won many awards for his work exhibits and exports his art all over the world.
The item "VTG Mexican FOLK ART Ceramic TREE OF LIFE Candelabra Geraldo Ortega COLLECTABLE" is in sale since Sunday, June 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Folk Art".The seller is "theretroshowroom" and is located in Portlandia, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Russian federation.