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
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
On View
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 202
Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor
1992
Object number
2011.47.46A-B
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole
Artist
John E. McGuire, born Rochester, NY 1942
Medium
black ash and white oak
Dimensions
12 x 11 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.4 x 28.2 x 25.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Decorative Arts-Fiber
Crafts