Travel Vanity and Stool

  • Maximilian Rainer Facklam, Travel Vanity and Stool, 1997, ebony, ash burl veneer, pearwood, aluminum, silk and leather, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1998.53

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Travel Vanity is lined with silk and ash burl veneers, and stocked with expensive cosmetics, perfumes, cloth napkins, and a wine stopper. The case sits atop a stand crafted from precious woods, which is itself fully stocked with the same luxury items. Rainer Facklam’s work often harks back to a bygone era of luxury, but the sheer accumulation of costly ointments and “necessities” also offers a satirical jab at “travel vanity” in the boom years of the 1990s.

Travel Vanity and Stool
vanity: 35 5/8 x 20 5/8 x 16 in. (90.4 x 52.5 x 40.7 cm)
footprint (vanity): 19 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. (49.4 x 37.6 cm)
stool: 20 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (52.2 x 30 x 30.2 cm)
footprint (stool): 7 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (18.2 x 18.8 cm)
travel case: 11 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (29.6 x 45 x 25 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

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ebony, ash burl veneer, pearwood, aluminum, silk and leather
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