Saucer

  • James Prestini, Saucer, 1933-1953, chestnut, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.27

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James Prestini perfected the revolutionary technique of crafting vessels with porcelain-thin walls. His work became famous in the 1940s, and people were amazed by his innovative use of such a familiar material. Prestini's skilled use of the lathe shows in his perfectly symmetrical bowls and platters, and their simple forms, soft curves, and clear finishes emphasize the beauty of each type of wood.

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"The significance of my work is my ability to make it. To do that, I have to understand what I'm doing." James Prestini, 1984
Title
Saucer
Artist
Date
1933-1953
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1 x 5 3/8 in. (2.6 x 13.7 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb

Mediums
Mediums Description
chestnut
Classifications
Object Number
1995.100.27
Palette
Linked Open Data
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