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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: David Ellsworth, American, born 1944

Vessel

1983

Redwood lace burl

8 1/4 × 11 1/2 in. (20.955 × 29.21 cm)
Gift from the Collection of John and Robyn Horn
2002.16.4
David Ellsworth developed a technique known as hollow turning, in which bent-shaft cutting tools were used to create hollow forms with wide bodies and narrow rims. He then began applying this technique to wood that was distressed or had natural flaws. In making this vessel, he retained the rough, natural edge of the opening of the wood and contrasted it with a smooth, regular surface.
Geography: 
Made in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Wood
Provenance: 

Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, to 1985; the Collection of John and Robyn Horn, to 2002; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Robyn Horn and Patricia E. Kane, Yale Collects Wood: Gifts from the Collection of John and Robyn Horn, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002), 2–3, ill.

“Acquisitions 2002,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003): 145.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.