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Alfonso Castillo Mexican Pottery "Tree of Life" Candelabra


A highly decorative, large vintage Mexican pottery "Tree of Life" candelabra attributed to celebrated folk artist Alfonso Castillo, the earthenware candelabra exuberantly painted and decorated with flowers, birds and balls.

Alfonso Castillo Orta was born into a family that worked with clay for generations before him. His grandfather, an expert potter, inspired Alfonso Castillo, at an early age, to follow in the family tradition. In 1995, the work of Alfonso Castillo was published in “The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art”. His career as a famed Mexican ceramicist spanned almost a half century before he died in 2009.


  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1960s-70s
  • Condition
    Damage to the second candle holder from the right (View 6) . Several hanging spheres missing. Areas of loss to painted decoration, as seen in photographs. Age related crazing and use as a candle holder. .
  • Dimensions

    H 25 1/2" in. x W 19 1/2" in. x D 5 1/4" in.

  • Seller location
    Essex, MA
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