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Bowl

A work made of maple.

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  • A work made of maple.

Date:

1933/53

Artist:

James Prestini
American, 1908–1993

About this artwork

After studying mechanical engineering at Yale, James Prestini taught the foundational course with László Moholy-Nagy at the Institute of Design. His work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, which provided him national exposure. Prestini crafted wood-turned bowls and platters between the years 1933 and 1953 in Chicago, examining the boundaries of art, craft and design while fulfilling the modernist agenda of harmonizing form and function. Prestini’s functional, thin-walled vessels convey refinement and beauty through the natural expression of the wood.

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Artist

James Prestini

Title

Bowl

Origin

Chicago

Date

c. 1933–1953

Medium

Maple

Inscriptions

stamped on bottom: "PRESTINI"

Dimensions

11.7 × 26.4 cm (4 5/8 × 10 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Richard M. and Susan Bennett

Reference Number

1984.243

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