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    PHILIP AND KELVIN LAVERNE
    A Bronze and Pewter "Tree of Life" Coffee Table, circa 1960
    Signed on top: Philip + Kelvin LaVerne
    17 x 35-1/2 x 26 inches (43.2 x 90.2 x 66.0 cm)


    More Information: Philip LaVerne and his son Kelvin are best known for their exquisitely patinated bronze and pewter tables and cabinets which they dubbed "functional sculpture."   They were influenced by classical Chinese and Greek antiquities and devised specialized techniques to advance the aging process in metal.  This aged look was achieved by placing the slabs of metal in a "bath" composed of sod and a chemical mixture.  The metal was then sealed in wax and frozen after the desired color had been brought out.  Their work can be found in many private and public collections.  Recently, an exhibition of their work was shown at Cristina Grajales, Inc, New York, called "Poetry of the Soul: The Work of Philip and Kelvin LaVerne."

    Condition Report*: Surface wear, minor scratches, and oxidation in places throughout.  Otherwise in very good condition.  This lot is accompanied by a copy of the catalogue, "The Art of Philip LaVerne".
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    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
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