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"Oceana" Box

A work made of maple.

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  • A work made of maple.

Date:

c. 1935

Artist:

Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
Made by Klise Wood Working Company
American, founded 1910
Grand Rapids, Michigan

About this artwork

Like Russel Wright’s American Modern line of ceramics, this wooden box was organically inspired and reasonably priced in order to appeal to a wide audience. Wright successfully adapted a sculptural, handcrafted quality to industrial production techniques. Probably designed to hold candy, the box was made for the Oceana line of free-form wooden serving pieces that imitated marine motifs such as the shell. Part of a larger group of home furnishings entitled American Way, the Oceana line was considered appropriate for use in summer homes.

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Artist

Russel Wright

Title

"Oceana" Box

Origin

Grand Rapids

Date

c. 1935

Medium

Maple

Inscriptions

Russel Wright (facsimile signature incised on base); designed by Russel Wright, "Oceana" carved wooden ware made by KLISE (printed on adhesive label on base)

Dimensions

7.6 × 23.5 × 15.9 cm (3 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Martha and William Steen Fund

Reference Number

1999.679

Extended information about this artwork

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