It's Magic | Frank E. Cummings III

It's Magic

1993
myrtle burl, ebony, black onyx,
and 18k gold; lathe-turned and
inlaid with carved rim
18.4 x 12.7 cm (7 1/4 x 5 in.)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

Fashioned from a single burl of myrtle wood, this vessel balances a strong and solid form with a delicate carved rim suggestive of lace. An inlaid band of onyx and gold provides additional contrast and drama.

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It's Magic (Detail)

Incandescent Bottles Lizards Interpreting the Ancient Symbol