Sphere Trio is part of a series to fabricate wood bases for antique European and Asian porcelain lids. They date from the 1700 and 1800′s and are missing their original bases. This Sphere Trio pairs antique lids with wood turned bases. I think it is interesting to have a large wood form with a small lid. My journey developing a new base for each lid took two years as there are an infinite amount of design decisions and choices.
My wife and I were antiquing and in a gallery when we came across forty Asia and European lids from 1700 and 1800’s missing bases. These items are about to become my first collaboration with artists from the past.
Curious as to why they are on display, the dealer explains that many traders have drawers filled with lids hoping to find the matching base. I want these lids. He is skeptical that I have some of the bases. Explaining that I am a woodturner I promise to create new bases for the lids. He agrees to sell me eight pieces. I return a few weeks later to show him what I made and gift him the one he likes best.
Asking if I could purchase the remaining lids he opens a drawer where they are now hiding. He basically gifts them to me with the promise that I show him how the series develops. Here is a link to some of the other pieces in the Sphere Trio series. Butter Dish with Antique Lid
If you are looking for a unique gift and do not see something in my store take a look at The Red Tulip Gallery in New Hope, PA where my work is also represented http://www.RedTulipCrafts.com/store/artists
I design and produce my items in my Montvale New Jersey, USA studio.