The Figurine

  • William M. Paxton, The Figurine, 1921, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design, 1951.10.8

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The Figurine illustrates the vogue for Asian decorative wares that informed American collecting tastes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Here, a Chinese blue-and-white jar is shown alongside a Chinese figurine; a maid delicately cleans the glass encasing the figurine. Paxton’s compositions often portray women in beautiful interiors. The light source from the left highlighting the woman’s rosy complexion, combined with the sensitive attention to detail, recall the works of the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
Title
The Figurine
Artists
Date
1921
On View
Dimensions
18 1/8 x 15 in. (45.9 x 38.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – waist length
  • Object – other – vase
  • Object – art object – sculpture
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – living room
Object Number
1951.10.8
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