Quatrefoil Lidded Shaker Cat Head Basket with Handle

  • John E. McGuire, Quatrefoil Lidded Shaker Cat Head Basket with Handle, 1992, black ash and white oak, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole, 2011.47.46A-B

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The utilitarian crafts of the Shakers have inspired many modern and contemporary designers. Viewing decoration as a form of hubris, the Shakers put their "hands to work, hearts to God," approaching craftsmanship as a form of worship. This Shaker-style basket by John McGuire is a perfect example of beauty derived from unadorned functional form.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Quatrefoil Lidded Shaker Cat Head Basket with Handle
Artist
Date
1992
Location
Dimensions
12 x 11 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.4 x 28.2 x 25.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole

Mediums
Mediums Description
black ash and white oak
Classifications
Object Number
2011.47.46A-B
Palette
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