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Five Candlesticks

1988 Rude Osolnik Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001 mascassar ebony 6 1/4 - 14 1/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. diam. (36.2 x 6.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) 2003.60.44A-E Not currently on view


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"Design should be a simplified whole that balances ornament against plain surface." Rude Osolnik, 1985

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Rude Osolnik's candlesticks were his trademark production pieces. He created more than one hundred and fifty thousand during the 1950s and 1960s for various department stores. Their simple, elegant silhouettes are perfectly balanced and flow with the gentle grain of the dark macassar ebony. Osolnik didn't switch his lathe off between pieces, preferring not to waste time, and he perfected his production of candlesticks to such a point that he could produce forty before breakfast.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ebony

About Rude Osolnik

Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001

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