Michael N. Graham, Split Ellipse, 1988, bleached maple and flock, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.9A-B
At first glance, Split Ellipse appears to be a solid piece of carved maple, but a closer look reveals a concealed drawer that pulls out from one end. The smooth, pale wood, with its subtle grain and rounded edges, resembles a piece of driftwood washed up on the beach and masks the time and skill that Michael Graham lavished on the simple shape. The secret drawer lined with rich, dark fabric suggests that this strangely shaped object should hold valuable jewelry or richly colored gems.
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3 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (9.9 x 40.0 x 19.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb
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- bleached maple and flock
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