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ca. 1988 Dan Kvitka Born: Los Angeles, California 1958 cocobolo 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (29.2 x 16.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld 2002.8.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B


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Dan Kvitka's turned wood vessels celebrate the natural beauty of exotic woods. In Bottle Form, Kvitka used cocobolo, a hardwood that is native to Central America and known for its dramatic, stripy grain. The vertical grain pattern accentuates the vessel's height at nearly a foot, and the swirling nodes echo its curved form. Cocobolo is naturally oily, a characteristic enhanced in Bottle Form, as Kvitka is known to spend weeks oiling and waxing his pieces to achieve a gleaming finish.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

About Dan Kvitka

Born: Los Angeles, California 1958

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