For sale here is a RARE original handmade copper enamel in wood modernist Jester Harlequin design hinged lidded cork-lined box by San Diego California artisan couple Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley. Measures 5-7/8" by 4-5/8" by 1-7/8" tall. Marked inside on reverse side of enamel plaque as shown in photos, also marked with unique design number 4052. Excellent vintage condition with some fine light wear to the wood and some original firing irregularities to the enamel on the reverse side as shown, these are original to the box, not damage - please view my photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
Here is a short bio that I found online for Ellamarie Woolley, which includes information about her husband Jackson...
Ellamarie Woolley (1913–1976) was an American enamel artist, muralist, and educator. She and her husband, Jackson Woolley collaborated on enamel pieces. The School of Art+Design at San Diego State University established a scholarship in her name, the Ellamarie Woolley Art Student Assistance Scholarship.
Early life and education
The artist, born in San Diego, California as Ellamarie Packard. Woolley studied art at San Diego State College and Los Angeles Art Center.
Enamel artist with Jackson Woolley
She met her husband Jackson Woolley while working as an art teacher at Francis W. Parker School (San Diego). They learned the craft together and created enamel pieces collaboratively until 1965, when they started producing works independently.
They worked mostly in enamel on copper but also created art works in Plexiglas and plastic. Her works were exhibited at the California Ceramics Exhibition in 1948 at the Florence Rand Lang Galleries by the Fine Arts Foundation of Scripps College, Claremont. In 1964, the Woolleys were commissioned to make copper reliefs and wall ornamentation for the interior of San Diego Civic Theatre. An exhibit of Ellamarie and Jackson's paintings, enamels, and constructions was held between October 7 and November 7 in 1968 at The Renaissance Society at University of Chicago.
Woolley painted two murals on the campus of San Diego State College in 1936, Packing Oranges and Sailors Going to Hell, as part of a group commissioned with WPA funds. These murals were removed from their location at some point after 1959 and have not been located.
A retrospective of her work was held in 1977 at the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego.
(Both artists (along with many others) were prominently featured in the exhibition "San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design" held at the Mingei Museum in San Diego in 2011-2012, and curated by Dave Hampton. There is a hardbound catalog etc for the exhibition available through the museum that is well worth the purchase price!)
RARE 1950s Ellamarie & Jackson WOOLLEY San Diego California Handmade Copper Enamel in Wood Modernist Harlequin Jester BOX
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