Travel Vanity and Stool

Media - 1998.53 - SAAM-1998.53_1 - 63359
Copied 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

Artwork Details

Travel Vanity and Stool
vanity: 35 5820 5816 in. (90.452.540.7 cm) footprint (vanity): 19 1214 34 in. (49.437.6 cm) stool: 20 1211 3411 78 in. (52.23030.2 cm) footprint (stool): 7 187 38 in. (18.218.8 cm) travel case: 11 5817 349 78 in. (29.64525 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of an anonymous donor
Mediums Description
ebony, ash burl veneer, pearwood, aluminum, silk and leather
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Artwork Description

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.