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Birthday Box

This box was commissioned by the children of a nautical antique dealer for his 70th birthday. At the time this commission, the dealer had already commissioned me over a multi-year span to create 17 Christening boxes - one for each of his grandchildren.

His children, in appreciation for his tradition of presenting each grandchild with a Christening box, wanted to present him with a box of his own. They chose to have a nautical theme (of course!) with a stylized transom of a boat reflecting his name and the name of his wife. The "launched" date is their wedding date.

 

 

 Birthday Box


Russian Birthday Box

The central rosette on the top is taken from an early Romanesque manuscript, circa 12th century. Carving a mirror image of one quadrant out of the rosette creates each corner of the box. The ‘diamond-shaped’ curved lines that enclose the central rosette are a combination of a series of ‘S’ curves, known as a Hogarth curves. They are named after William Hogarth, 1697-1764, an English painter and engraver who considered this curved form to be the most artistic form in nature. Rays are carved between the corners and the curved lines, serving to bring the focus of the eye into the central rosette.

 


Birthday Box

Navarro Birthday Box


A father's gift to his 21 year old son.

Due to his son's vast interest in ocean going vessels, the father’s desire was for an overall theme designed around the logo of the White Star Line, which was the company that built and owned the Titanic, with a surrounding pattern of the foliate décor used on her 2nd class dinnerware.



 


Birthday Box

Hutto Birthday Box

The overall theme designed to illustrate the prominent characteristics of the recipient’s personality and accomplishments.

With the above in mind, the top of the box was to evoke a deep love for family. The family name was to be the central focus. The family name was surrounded with intertwined oak leaves emanating from a single acorn. The oak leaves were chosen because of the historic symbolism of the oak tree which has been a representation of strength throughout the ages. The oak tree has deep roots (all of which amazingly germinate from a small acorn) and reflects the strong family grounding that he possesses.


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