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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Flora MacDonald, American, active 1925–45



Turned maple with pyrographic decoration

10 in. (25.4 cm)
other: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Gift of Philip L. Goodwin, B.A. 1907, by exchange
Arts and Crafts philosophy praised a wide variety of hand skills that could be practiced by professionals and amateurs alike, such a pyrography, the decorative singeing of wood or a similar material. This vase has a band of pyrographic work in the form of geometric patterns and abstracted foliage that visually relates to details found on the modernist skyscrapers being built in cities across America in the late 1920s. The vase is signed by Flora MacDonald, who was likely an amateur artist.
Made in United States
On view
20th century
Containers - Wood

“Acquisitions and Gifts 1993,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1994): 164.

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