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"Oceana" Box

A work made of maple.

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  • A work made of maple.


c. 1935


Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
Klise Wood Working Company
American, founded 1910
Grand Rapids, Michigan

About this artwork

Like Russel Wright’s American Modern line of ceramics, this wooden box was organically inspired and reasonably priced in order to appeal to a wide audience. Wright successfully adapted a sculptural, handcrafted quality to industrial production techniques. Probably designed to hold candy, the box was made for the Oceana line of free-form wooden serving pieces that imitated marine motifs such as the shell. Part of a larger group of home furnishings entitled American Way, the Oceana line was considered appropriate for use in summer homes.


On View, Gallery 264


Arts of the Americas


Russel Wright


"Oceana" Box


Grand Rapids (Object made in)

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c. 1935




Russel Wright (facsimile signature incised on base); designed by Russel Wright, "Oceana" carved wooden ware made by KLISE (printed on adhesive label on base)


7.6 × 23.5 × 15.9 cm (3 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Martha and William Steen Fund

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