Deborah Bump Rhino Jewelry Box

Deborah Bump Rhino
Deborah Bump Rhino Box
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Deborah Bump Rhino
Deborah Bump Rhino Box
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Deborah Bump Rhino Jewelry Box

775.00

Designer: Deborah Bump (b. 1940s)

Item: Rhino Jewerly Box

Manufactured by: Deborah Bump

Country of origin: United States

Year made: 1978

Materials: Mahogany, Oak, and Maple

Dimensions: 7” x 11” x 5” closed

Condition: Very good to excellent.  The bottom drawer has a very minor scratch on the right side probably caused by someone dropping it, but it does not detract.  The photo also shows what looks like a crack in the wood on the neck.  It is not a crack but a natural inclusion in the wood.

Description:  Here is a wonderful and whimsical jewelry box in the form of a rhinoceros with three drawers and a top compartment where the top comes off.  Bump is a New England-based wood sculptor best known for her highly stylized modernist wood jewelry boxes and puzzles of various animal forms crafted in the late 1970s and early 80s.  We believe it is fair to categorize her work as being part of the American studio arts movement based on the designs, craftsmanship, and overall quality.  

The Rhino form is one of the largest and one of the hardest to find of all her jewelry boxes.  We have only seen six examples over the past 10 years and we purchased three of them.  Several years ago one of these examples sold on another internet antiques website for $750 and was published in a New York Times article in the Home section.  Lately we have seen a couple of larger works, including one of these, with asking prices over $1,000. Although many of Bump's more simple constructions (i.e., single compartment) can be found for very reasonable prices, we believe her more complex multi-drawered and highest quality constructions will continue to gain in popularity and value.  

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