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Travel Vanity and Stool

1997 Maximilian Rainer Facklam Born: Dusseldorf, Germany 1960 ebony, ash burl veneer, pearwood, aluminum, silk and leather vanity: 35 5/8 x 20 5/8 x 16 in. (90.4 x 52.5 x 40.7 cm) footprint (vanity): 19 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. (49.4 x 37.6 cm) stool: 20 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (52.2 x 30 x 30.2 cm) footprint (stool): 7 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (18.2 x 18.8 cm) travel case: 11 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (29.6 x 45 x 25 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1998.53 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56B


Luce Center Label

Travel Vanity is lined with silk and ash burl veneers, and stocked with expensive cosmetics, perfumes, cloth napkins, and a wine stopper. The case sits atop a stand crafted from precious woods, which is itself fully stocked with the same luxury items. Rainer Facklam’s work often harks back to a bygone era of luxury, but the sheer accumulation of costly ointments and “necessities” also offers a satirical jab at “travel vanity” in the boom years of the 1990s.

Keywords

decorative arts - furniture

Crafts - Mixed Media

animal parts - leather

fabric - silk

metal - aluminum

wood - ash

wood - ebony

About Maximilian Rainer Facklam

Born: Dusseldorf, Germany 1960