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Austrian Museum of Applied Art, Vienna

This elegant little box was done by Karl Franz in 1912. The materials are pear wood, bronzed pear wood, and abalone.

Abalone is such a mesmerizing material. The colors dance as you move your eye. Here it is beautifully set off in the ebonized pear. The elliptical shapes of the shell mimic the elliptical shape of the box. There is a lovely interplay between the vertical geometry of the steps and the elliptical shell.

Historical Works
1. Marquetry of Émile Gallé
2. Fra Giovanni da Verona
3. André- Charles Boulle
4. Jan van Mekeren
5. Antonio Barili self-portrait
6. Ernest Gimson
7. Charles Spindler screen
8. Pierre Golle table
9. Ruhlmann Corner Cabinet
10. Nathan Lombard
11. Barili saint
12. Egyptian Woodworking
13. Herter Brothers
14. Chest of Drawers
15. Karl Franz box
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