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Artist Nicosia, Thomas
Title Vase
Date 1970/ /
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - P1
Material Various woods
Height (in) 8.25
Width (in) 7.5
Depth (in) 6.25
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Donated by Neil & Susan Kaye
Accession Number 1995.01.01.287G
Object ID Number 1995.01.01.287.02
Object Number OBJ 185
Category 2: Building Furnishings
Signed Name Nicosia
Sig Loc Engraved on bottom
Inscription Text Engraved: Nicosia PHILA sticker: 215
Notes Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
Thomas Nicosia was an amateur turner who independently developed a complicated system of constructing vessels from many pieces of contrasting woods. Unlike later turners who used lamination, Nicosia joined the fragments of his works together not only with glue, but also internal tongue-and-groove and mortise-and-tenon joints. Despite this careful craftsmanship, he was not concerned with the color and natural texture of the woods he was using, as other early post-war turners were; most of his pieces are made up of small alternating bands of color. Furthermore, he usually buried his wood under a thick layer of high-gloss lacquer polish that emphasizes his graphic, rather than sensual, approach to the material. The forms he made are as idiosyncratic as his technique was laborious. Perhaps influenced by vessels he saw as a child in Sicily, he created extravagantly baroque interpretations of classical Greek and Roman trophy forms.
Sub-category Household Accessory