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Irving Harper Paper Antelope 'Taxidermy' Sculpture

Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Documentation Notes Irving Harper: Works in Paper, Maharam, 2013, page 93.
Origin United States, New York
Period 1950-1979
Materials paper, found objects
W. 26 in; H. 28.5 in; D. 15.25 in;
W. 66.04 cm; H. 72.39 cm; D. 38.74 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
Creation Date mid to late 20th century
Description Meticulously constructed paper sculpture in the form of a mounted antelope head, hand-built by important American industrial designer, Irving Harper. Most lauded for his creations for George Nelson Associates in his capacity as their design director, some of American modernism's most emblematic silhouettes, including that of the Marshamallow Sofa and the Sunburst Clock, are products of Harper’s genius.

Numbering roughly 400 in total, Harper’s paper sculptures, each one unique, were products of his leisure time over the course of decades and constituted a private, whimsical menagerie inside his Upstate New York home, never intended or offered for public sale. It was only in 2014, mere months before his passing, when he finally consented to have them exhibited for the very first time.

This ‘taxidermy’ example is arguably one of his finest in that it showcases both Harper's signature playfulness and his self-proclaimed penchant for African/tribal art. Aside from the plastic, ball-shaped tips of the antlers (perhaps a nod of sorts to his famous ‘Ball Clock’ design?), the piece was constructed entirely in paper. A one-of-a-kind work of art that represents countless hours of passionate labor from the hands of one of the 20th century’s greatest creative minds. **This work is documented on page 93 of Irving Harper: Works in Paper, Maharam, 2013.
Styles / Movements Modern
Incollect Reference Number 280537
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