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    Bruce Alonzo Goff (American, 1904-1982)
    Five Glass Cullets from Shin'enKan, 1956-1996
    Salvaged glass
    6-1/8 x 9-3/8 x 5-3/4 inches (15.6 x 23.8 x 14.6 cm) (largest)


    Shin'en Kan, which means "The House of the Far Away Heart," was avant-garde architect Bruce Goff's masterpiece, originally designed for Joe Price in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. An elaborate and perplexing exploration of tactility, Goff selected materials that ranged from plush and luxurious to bizarre and grotesque, including floors and walls covered in 4-inch thick white shag carpeting, ceilings lined with goose feathers, opulent beading cascading from the rafters, but also blood-smeared glass mosaics and décor made of turkey insemination rods. The living room was designed to be one large bed, with a sunken conversation pit placed in the middle, and there were secret passageways throughout the home. The walls were made of lumps of coal, with brilliant aquamarine glass cullets interspersed throughout. The resultant structure was whimsical and mesmerizing, but with an uncanny quality that seemed to suggest impending disaster. Perhaps turmoil was foreseen by Goff - he had no shortage in his personal life - and echoed in the structures he designed and built, as many have met their demise under suspicious circumstances, Shin'en Kan included. In 1996, after a long dispute over ownership, Shin'en Kan burned down. Officials believed this to be a case of arson, though no party was ever held accountable. Because the walls were coal, the complex was destroyed completely, with little else but the glass shards remaining. One was salvaged and used as part of Goff's headstone, and, perhaps because of his long association with Price Tower (the architect lived in an apartment there for nine years), Price Tower Arts Center took ownership of the entrance gate and some of the remaining cullets, which are offered here.

    Condition Report*: Residues indicative of use in exterior architecture, otherwise all present well.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2019
    1st Tuesday
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