Vase, from the Fraxinus Coloratus Series

  • J. Paul Fennell, Vase, from the Fraxinus Coloratus Series, 1989, turned ash, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.7

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J. Paul Fennel made the Fraxinus Coloratus series at the beginning of his "attempt at serious woodturning" in the late 1980s (artist correspondence). The Latin title refers to the colorful ash wood that he used to create all of the pieces in the series. With this vase, Fennel focused on the "spectacular pattern" he encountered in this particular piece of ash's heartwood, highlighting what he describes as the "marbling" in the wood. Fennel salvaged this piece of ash, as many woodturners do, from a commercial tree remover's lot, who most likely removed the tree due to disease, neglect, or damage.

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"At that particular time in my career [about 1989] as a woodturner, I focused primarily upon the discovery and subsequent presentation of the inherent beauty of the wood, within the aesthetic of a lathe-turned vessel." Artist correspondence
Title
Vase, from the Fraxinus Coloratus Series
Artist
Date
1989
On View
Dimensions
7 1/4 x 6 in. (18.5 x 15.3 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
turned ash
Classifications
Object Number
1995.100.7
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