Quatrefoil Lidded Shaker Cat Head Basket with Handle

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Exhibition Label
The utilitarian crafts of the Shakers have inspired many modern and contemporary designers. Viewing decoration as a form of hubris, the Shakers put their "hands to work, hearts to God," approaching craftsmanship as a form of worship. This Shaker-style basket by John McGuire is a perfect example of beauty derived from unadorned functional form.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole
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Renwick Gallery
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Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 202
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
Object number
John E. McGuire, born Rochester, NY 1942
black ash and white oak
12 x 11 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.4 x 28.2 x 25.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Decorative Arts-Fiber