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



Redwood lace burl

8 1/4 × 11 1/2 in. (20.955 × 29.21 cm)
Gift from the Collection of John and Robyn Horn
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.
Made in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
By appointment
20th century
Containers - Wood

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


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.

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