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Music Rack

1975 Richard R. John Born: 1948 black walnut and ebony 44 x 19 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (111.0 x 49.0 x 32.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.171 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55A


Luce Center Label

Richard R. John's Music Rack was featured in the Renwick Gallery's 1975 Craft Multiples exhibition, which highlighted the work of production craftsmen who each created ten utilitarian objects using traditional techniques. Music Rack is a modern design, yet is reminiscent of the simple, organic forms used during the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the twentieth century. The stand's curved body and rounded feet highlight the grain of the black walnut, and ebony prongs recall the musical notes found in the sheet music it is intended to hold.

Keywords

decorative arts - furniture

Crafts - Wood

wood - ebony

wood - walnut