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Spheres

1989 Bud Latven Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1949 Macassar ebony, birch veneers, sterling silver, and dye 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (14.0 x 22.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb © 1989, Bud Latven 1995.100.21 Not currently on view


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Bud Latven has placed two tiny spheres on the polished surface of this piece. The vessel balances precariously on its narrow base, and the silver balls appear on the verge of escaping. Latven laminated sections of grain together to form a geometric pattern around the opening that emphasizes the deep tones of Macassar ebony.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

metal - silver

wood - birch

wood - ebony