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Letter Opener

ca. 1975 Frances Felten Born: Alsen, New York, 1905 Died: Winsted, Connecticut, 1976 lead free pewter; hand fabricated from sheet, polished 9 1/8 x 1 1/4 x 7/8 in. (23.2 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.150 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"Being a craftsman is a happy combination of the urge to play and the need to make a living." Frances Felten

Luce Center Label

In Letter Opener, Frances Felten created an object that is functional, salable, and artistic. The pewter metal is in the shape of a letter opener with a sleek, modern design. Felten "twisted" the pewter in the center, which allows the user to grip the tool and at the same time lends a playful quality to the piece.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - pewter

About Frances Felten

Born: Alsen, New York, 1905 Died: Winsted, Connecticut, 1976