The Most Indirect Route Maker: Betty J. Scarpino (American, born 1949)


Turned, carved, bleached, and ebonized maple, with lacquer and graphite


15 × 3 × 12 in. (38.1 × 7.6 × 30.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Ruth and David Waterbury, B.A. 1958, in honor of Patricia E. Kane, Ph.D. 1987

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20th century


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The artist, Indianapolis; sold through the Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Ark. [see note 1]; sold to Ruth and David Waterbury, Minneapolis, 1997; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2000

Note 1: Included in the exhibition "Moving Beyond Tradition: A Turned-Wood Invitational," Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Ark., October 19–November 19, 1997.

  • Glenn Adamson et al., Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2011), 199, 248, no. 421, ill.
  • "Acquisitions 2000," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2001): 154.
  • Patricia E. Kane, Wood Turning in North America since 1930 (Philadelphia and New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 139, 144, no. 128, ill.

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Additional information


Women makers


Incised in script on upright element: Betty J. Scarpino; incised in script on base: Betty J. Scarpino 1997 "The Most Indirect Route"

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