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Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Potteryplease, Sep 26, 2023.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Hi again.

    This is 11" long, 7" wide and 2" tall.

    Would you call it MCM?

    It's likely just some random hobbyist's ill-considered ashtray and not a priceless creation by a famous abstract artist who, fed up with the commercial art world, finally abandoned painting and turned instead to the natural beauty of wood in the workshop...... right?

    Thanks!

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  2. Born2it

    Born2it Well-Known Member

    Oddly satisfying, isn’t it? And at the same time, it raises so many questions…
     
  3. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    So.... that's one vote for abstract art...;)
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2023
  4. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    It's definitely more sculptural than utilitarian-primitive but powerful.I prob would've grabbed it.
    I would however guess a professional crafts/art person would've had more even accurate chisel marks.I agree with you,a gifted amateur-perhaps they eventually honed their craft into something great ?
     
  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    yup , it'a a bowl !
    but, ya gotta respect all the controlled gouging to pull out the interior...
     
  6. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    Antique bicycle saddle perhaps :rolleyes:
     
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  7. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

    it's a pipe tray : knock empty on the lower part rest un the upper .

    Perso don't go for amateur; more brut art for me
     
  8. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Ah-ha. That makes perfect sense. Thanks @Matahari!
     
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  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Et tu, Brutalist for sure.
     
  10. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    I like that, it has nice character.
     
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  11. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Au Contraire, mon ami! There's plenty of evidence of excellent control in that gouging...I believe it looks exactly as the artist meant for it to appear. Also, it surely ain't an ashtray, eh?
     
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  12. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I don't see it-it's halfway there,unfinished ? There's been some nice woodwork done in the last 70 years.
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  13. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Yah, shure...yubetcha! Y'all are some stripe of a perfectionists, Bosco...that's offered with a good measure of admiration; I am familiar with the type to the point of contempt, as I are one meself.
    The Japanese have a phrase:
    "In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" in nature. It is prevalent in many forms of Japanese art."*
    My first exposure to the concept was maybe 60 years ago, at Leonard's knee...at the time I thought it was all BS. I had no love for imperfect goods...but over the years have come to accept an' appreciate imperfection in hand crafted items, especially Asian. I confess to being selective, though...I've no room for such in myself...or those I love. Kinda does get inna way of relationships, an' I pay heavy dues on that insufferance from time to time. I won't hold it against you, good sir.
    PS: do you possess the obviously perfect wooden item you've pictured?
    *:Wikipedia
     
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  14. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    .......so,

    .........is that another vote for abstract art???



    ;););)
     
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  15. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    If you wish...I wouldn't vote against it...
     
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  16. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Let's go! Art it is.
     
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  17. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    craft......rather than art.... imo
     
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  18. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    If the artist's intention is captured in the piece-it's Wabi,if I don't see Wabi in the work it's not,is it art,craft,sublime composition,beautiful accident ?
     
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  19. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

    Together 'wabi-sabi' embraces the idea of aesthetic appreciation of aging, flaws, and the beauty of the effects of time and imperfections.

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  20. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    One thing I can say about Wabi Sabi is-if I saw this bench at a garage sale I'd chain
    myself to it.


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