Burden, Laura

painted wooden leaf serving dish

painted wooden leaf serving dish

painted wooden leaf serving dish


A hand painted wood carved serving dish that is shaped like a leaf with a handle painted by Teresa Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. On the back of the dish has a metal hook attached, in which it possibly was put on display as a decorative art piece. The colours of the illustration have greens, blues, and pink tinges. The illustration painted on the dish is considered as "folk art". The floral patterning is represented as "rosemaling", or also known as "rose painting/decorative painting", in which it is from Norwegian origin and is a mix between Dutch painting and traditional folk art. It was named "rosemaling/rose painting/decorative painting" since during the 17th to 18th century, various artists painted roses and other types of flowers. The three main styles of this specific folk art are called Telemark, Hallingdal, and Rogaland, named after the regions of where they were formed. This particular patterning on the serving dish would be Rogaland. Folk art encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or by peasants or other laboring tradespeople. In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. It is characterized by a naïve style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed. Folk art mainly expresses cultural identity, such as sharing community values, by using various materials of wood, clay, metal, paper, and other resources. It reflects traditional art forms of diverse community groups of ethnic, tribal, religious, occupational, geographical, age- or gender-based, who identify with each other and society at large. For donor biography see description for 021.10.01.


Art objects, Household Equipment - Kitchen


Burden, Laura

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37.2cm L X 31.7cm W

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