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Petrified Sewing Basket

1995 Lincoln Seitzman Born: New York, New York 1923 cherry, wenge, and imbuia 6 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. diam. (17.5 x 32.8 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) 2003.60.54A-B Not currently on view


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Lincoln Seitzman creates his "petrified" boxes from hundreds of sections of solid wood that he pieces together and turns on a lathe. Here, he arranged sections of pale cherry, dark wenge, and reddish imbuia wood to create a pattern of zigzag lines that evokes woven fibers. Many of Seitzman's geometric constructions resemble Southwest Indian baskets, and he hopes that they capture the "strength, discipline and love of nature" that he sees in traditional Native American designs.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - cherry

wood - imbuia

wood - wenge

About Lincoln Seitzman

Born: New York, New York 1923

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