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Untitled

1995 Paul Dresang Born: Appleton, Wisconsin 1948 porcelain, glaze, lusters, and slip 19 x 10 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (48.3 x 26.7 x 24.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1996.38 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


Luce Center Label

Untitled is one in a series of nonfunctional teapots Paul Dresang has created over the last decade. The teapots are sensual and provocative, covered in flesh-colored glaze and couched in unzipped "leather" bags. He uses the intense realism of trompe l'oeil to create the illusion that the bag is actual leather. Dresang used a recognizable form such as the teapot to encourage viewers to form their own ideas about the meaning of the piece.

Keywords

Object - other - dish

Object - other - luggage

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

metal