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Claro Walnut Box with Desert Ironwood Inlay

1982 Del Stubbs Born: Red Bluff, California 1952 claro walnut and desert ironwood 2 x 3 1/4 in. diam. (5.1 x 8.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 2003.22.2A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B


Luce Center Label

Del Stubbs once wrote that Claro Walnut Box with Desert Ironwood Inlay "represented [his] goal of quiet, of subtle play of light, and of oriental proportions." The box's rounded form and harmonious proportions recall those of a Japanese tea caddy, a vessel meant to hold powdered tea for use during the tea ceremony. The desert ironwood inlay on the top of the lid, a material that is difficult to work with due to its hardness, provides an interesting detail on an otherwise austere surface.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - walnut

About Del Stubbs

Born: Red Bluff, California 1952

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