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Judy Kensley McKie
American (b. 1944)

Panther Table (1989)

$20,000-$30,000

Price Realized: $68,750
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patinated bronze, glass
16 x 40 x 50 1/2 inches
©JKM/1989/ numbered 10/12

executed by Mussi Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, California

panthers designated unique by ‘A’ and ‘B’ inscription on underside of each

from a private New York collection

very good condition, there are a few areas of loss to the patina on the top of the panthers, each has an extremely small loss of patina on the face of the figure, and a more discernible loss at the points of contact on the tails where the glass rests

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About The Work

After more than twenty years of working in wood, McKie began casting in bronze, describing this material transition, “I can do things in metal I couldn’t do in wood. Metal gives a sense of permanence and age.”

The ‘Jaguar Table offered here beautifully display McKie’s talent to combine whimsy with superb craftsmanship. The finely cast creatures, enhanced with a rich, dark brown patina, is normally a fearsome beast in nature. In McKie’s unique interpretation, the jaguars display a curvilinear graphic quality that is both elegant and balanced.

Judy Kensley Mckie

American, b. 1944

Judy Kensley Mckie is a leading figure in the American studio furniture movement whose work and career exist contemporaneously with other master craftspeople of the 20th century, including Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, George Nakashima and Wendell Castle.

The daughter of two graphic artists, McKie learned woodworking from her father as a child. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design to train in the graphic arts, McKie was still intrigued with furniture production and independently honed her skills in carving and design.

Over time, McKie developed a highly personalized and signature style deeply influenced by her fascination with Pre-Columbian, African, Inuit and Native American visual cultures. Each of her works wonderfully exhibits an imagination that blurs the expected norms of form and function.

In addition to numerous private collections, her works can be found in museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.”

Judy Kensley Mckie

American b. 1944

Judy Kensley Mckie is a leading figure in the American studio furniture movement whose work and career exist contemporaneously with other master craftspeople of the 20th century, including Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, George Nakashima and Wendell Castle.

The daughter of two graphic artists, McKie learned woodworking from her father as a child. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design to train in the graphic arts, McKie was still intrigued with furniture production and independently honed her skills in carving and design.

Over time, McKie developed a highly personalized and signature style deeply influenced by her fascination with Pre-Columbian, African, Inuit and Native American visual cultures. Each of her works wonderfully exhibits an imagination that blurs the expected norms of form and function.

In addition to numerous private collections, her works can be found in museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.”

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