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Artist Sfirri, Mark
Artist 2 Dodge, Robert G.
Title Secretaire
Date 1989
Material Lacewood, purpleheart, plywood, acrylic paint, gold leaf
Height (in) 62
Width (in) 51
Depth (in) 20
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Center Purchase
Accession Number 2004.12.01.001P
Object ID Number 2004.12.01.001
Object Number OBJ 478
Category 2: Building Furnishings
Notes Renewable loan to the James A. Michener Art Museum exhibition "Intelligent Design" 1/16/2012 - present

Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
In the 1980s, turner and furniture maker Mark Sfirri and painter Robert Dodge collaborated on several pieces of furniture and objects. Their most extravagantly decorative production was this Secretaire, a cartoonish but knowing takeoff on historical furniture. The four turned components of the piece are quartered from a single multi-axis turned spindle and then shaped with hand cutting. At first, these look like regular weight-bearing legs, but they are actually applied decorative turnings, as is evident from the fact that they end several inches from the floor. The facade of the piece is a composition of weird curves and patterns which breaks up the actual shapes of the wood into an explosion of abstract design.
Sub-category Furniture