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Tray - The Wrestlers
  • The Wrestlers
    Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri, born 1891 - died 1915
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The Wrestlers

  • Object:

    Tray

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri, born 1891 - died 1915 (designer)
    Omega Workshops

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, with marquetry

  • Museum number:

    W.30-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Roger Fry set up the Omega Workshops in 1913 to produce a wide range of textiles, clothes, furniture and pottery. Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell were involved as co-directors of the Workshops and artists such as Wyndham Lewis, Edward Wadsworth, Nina Hamnett and the sculptor, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska also produced designs. Some pieces were made by the artists themselves. However, the designs were often given over to specialist craftsmen such as John Joseph Kallenborn, who was responsible for much of the marquetry work for the Omega Workshop. Here, Gaudier-Brzeska's design, as executed by Kallenborn, shows the influence of Vorticism in its 'cubing' of the human form. He also used the 'Wrestlers' theme in a plaster relief and as a linocut.

Physical description

Circular inlaid marquetry tray with a depiction of two wrestlers.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1913 (made)

Artist/maker

Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri, born 1891 - died 1915 (designer)
Omega Workshops

Materials and Techniques

Wood, with marquetry

Dimensions

Diameter: 65 cm, Diameter: 71.2 cm diameter including handles, Height: 4.5 cm minimum height (is slightly warped so does not sit flat), Height: 4.9 cm maximum height (is slightly warped so does not sit flat)

Object history note

The design for this inlaid tray was made by Gaudier-Brzeska for the Omega Workshops and is the only known tray of his to have survived. Before it entered the collection it was on show in the Omega Workshops exhibition held in the museum on 1963. It was bought from Anthony d'Offay Gallery in 1978.

Descriptive line

Marquetry tray depicting wrestlers, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska for the Omega Workshops, c. 1913

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Marquetry

Subjects depicted

Wrestling

Categories

Furniture; Woodwork; Household objects; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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