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Bowl

A work made of mexican mahogany.

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  • A work made of mexican mahogany.

Date:

1933–53

Artist:

James Prestini
American, 1908–1993
Chicago

About this artwork

“The important thing,” said James Prestini, “is not the product but the process. I’m not interested in turning a good-looking bowl, I’m interested in what does it take to turn that bowl? What do I have to learn to do?” Prestini made astonishingly thin, refined bowls and platters between the years 1933 and 1953. This example is made of two pieces of wood laminated together, which Prestini then shaped into a vessel using an electric lathe.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

James Prestini

Title

Bowl

Place

Chicago (Object made in)

Date

c. 1933–1953

Medium

Mexican mahogany

Inscriptions

Branded on base: "PRESTINI"

Dimensions

13.7 × 6.3 × 24.1 cm (5 3/8 × 2 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of James Prestini

Reference Number

1970.19

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