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Figured Tulip Poplar Bowl

1987 Philip Moulthrop Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1947 tulip poplar 13 3/4 x 17 in. (35.0 x 43.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David S. Purvis and members of the American Art Forum © 1987, Philip C. Moulthrop 1988.9 Not currently on view

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"My use of smooth curving surfaces . . . is intended to better display the wood and not compete with it. The finish enables the observer to get a feel of the warmth of the wood while allowing its intricacies to be imparted." Philip Moulthrop

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Philip Moulthrop is inspired by the patterns in leaves and the curves of branches and stems. He avoids carving or embellishing the surface of the wood, and prefers to emphasize what he calls the "richness of grain and figure" in native, southwestern woods. Here, Moulthrop has highlighted the swirling pale gold and deep brown tones of tulip poplar, a rare wood found in Georgia and the Southeast.

The acquisition of this artwork was made possible by the generosity of the American Art Forum.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - tulipwood

About Philip Moulthrop

Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1947

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