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Kuo, Robert (Chinese, b. 1947)
Polish Design Vase, Late 20th Century


Kuo, Robert (Chinese, b. 1947)

Polish Design Vase

Late 20th Century

24k gold plate on copper

Signed on underside: R. Kuo

14.5in h x 9in w

• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
• Acquired from Robert Kuo, New York


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    Kuo, Robert (Chinese, b. 1947)

    Originally from Beijing, China, Robert Kuo grew up in Taiwan to an artistic family that owned a cloisonne studio where he apprenticed as a teen learning the artistry first-hand. There Kuo mastered the multi-step process that involved preparing the copper base, enameling and firing the objects in kilns. In 1973, Kuo immigrated to the United States, opening his own cloisonne studio in Beverly Hills, California. His artistry was well received for its combination of Chinese with Art Nouveau and Art Deco forms. In 1984, he opened Kuo Gallery on Melrose Avenue where his showroom remains today and highlights his furniture designs, sculpture, and decorative arts.

    Around 1985, Kuo’s style shifted away from cloisonne to focus on hand repoussé decoration, a form of hammering directly onto the metal with a mallet and various shaped tools. A labor-intensive technique- the tool works both sides of a flat sheet of metal, never hitting the same spot twice. The sheet is then heated as it’s worked into shape- exemplified here, in the present vase with its intricate, wave-like pattern and use of 24 karat gold finish.