Figured Tulip Poplar Bowl

Media - 1988.9 - SAAM-1988.9_1 - 53424
Copied Philip Moulthrop, Figured Tulip Poplar Bowl, 1987, tulip poplar, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David S. Purvis and members of the American Art Forum, 1988.9, © 1987, Philip C. Moulthrop

Artwork Details

Figured Tulip Poplar Bowl
Not on view
13 3417 in. (35.043.2 cm) diam.
© 1987, Philip C. Moulthrop
Credit Line
Gift of David S. Purvis and members of the American Art Forum
Mediums Description
tulip poplar
Object Number

Artwork Description

Philip Moulthrop is inspired by the patterns in leaves and the curves of branches and stems. He avoids carving or embellishing the surface of the wood, and prefers to emphasize what he calls the "richness of grain and figure" in native, southwestern woods. Here, Moulthrop has highlighted the swirling pale gold and deep brown tones of tulip poplar, a rare wood found in Georgia and the Southeast.

The acquisition of this artwork was made possible by the generosity of the American Art Forum.

Luce Object Quote
"My use of smooth curving surfaces . . . is intended to better display the wood and not compete with it. The finish enables the observer to get a feel of the warmth of the wood while allowing its intricacies to be imparted." Philip Moulthrop