Grant Wood / Hors d'oeuvres tray / about 1914Grant Wood
Hors d'oeuvres tray
about 1914

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Creator Name: Wood, Grant
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1891 - 1942
Creator Name-CRT: Grant Wood
Creator Name: Haga, Kristopher
Creator Name-CRT: Kristopher Haga
Creator Name: Volund Shop
Creator Role: Manufacturer
Creator Name-CRT: Volund Shop
Title: Hors d'oeuvres tray
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1912
Creation End Date: 1916
Creation Date: about 1914
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Silver
Materials and Techniques: Sterling silver
Dimensions: H.13/16 x Dia.12-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.143.2
Credit Line: Gift of Sandra and Peter Butler
Copyright: Art: © Artist or Artist's Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

In 1913 the young artist Grant Wood was a night student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During the day he worked at the Kalo Shop, earning sixteen dollars a week. There he met Kristopher Haga, a Norwegian silversmith, and in June 1914 the two of them opened the Volund Workshop, named for the smith of Norse legend. For the most part, Wood and Haga produced modest silver items and gold jewelry, but along more ambitious lines they also made some hollowware like this rare hors d?oeuvres tray. They closed the shop after only eighteen months, probably for lack of funds. Wood went on to become a celebrated painter, best known for his American Gothic (1930). Haga returned to the Kalo Shop, where he worked until about 1920. The gently rounded forms and graceful spouts and handles of this coffee and tea service bring to mind the rolling curves and swelling treetops of Wood?s Birthplace of Herbert Hoover, West Branch, Iowa (1931), a painting now owned jointly by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Des Moines Art Center. The hors d?oeuvres tray demonstrates special skill and craftsmanship, as silver trays tend to weaken on the diagonal during shaping.

AMICA ID: MIA_.97.143.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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