Spherical 'Open' urn

Frank Lloyd Wright

(Richland Center, 1867 - Phoenix, 1959)
Copper Height 48.2 cm Diameter 52.3 cm (19 in. and 19.8 in.) New York - circa 1902

Spherical copper 'Open' urn in original red-brown patina, is adorned on four sides with raised medallions with dimpled edges; bordered on top and bottom with elongated hexagonal and diamond shapes; supported on a base of four squared sections.

The "Open" version of this urn is the design in its final evolution. The earlier version of the urn had a stylized bow tie shape above and below the central medallion. In the "Open" version, Frank Lloyd Wright has removed the bow tie shape and left the top and bottom hexagons open and unadorned. There are 7 known examples of this version.

Christie's New York, June 1988; Sid Brown, 1988-1995; Tom Figge, Montecito, California, 1995-2010
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog, Cambridge, 1978, p. 141
Robert Judson Clark, ed., The Arts and Crafts Movement in America 1876-1916, Princeton, 1972, p. 69
David A. Hanks, The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, 1979, pp. 20, 35, and 70-71
Sharon S. Darling, Chicago Metalsmiths, Chicago, 1977, p. 71
Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Early Work, New York, 1968, p. 100
Grant Carpenter Manson, Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910: The First Golden Age, New York, 1958, p. 192


DeLorenzo Gallery

"Furniture & Decorative Arts from 1870 onwards"

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