Bottle Form

  • Dan Kvitka, Bottle Form, ca. 1988, cocobolo, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld, 2002.8.7

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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.

Title
Bottle Form
Artist
Date
ca. 1988
On View
Dimensions
11 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (29.2 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld

Mediums Description
cocobolo
Classifications
Object Number
2002.8.7
Palette
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