Olaf Skoogfors, American (born Sweden), 1930 - 1975

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America



5 13/16 x 8 1/2 inches, 26 ounces 1.8 dwt (14.8 x 21.6 cm, 0.74 kg)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Judy Skoogfors, 1986

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    An artist who quickly gained international renown during his tragically short career, Olaf Skoogfors spent his entire professional life in Philadelphia, where his reputation as a charismatic teacher and the formal innovation and technical mastery of his work in metal were important factors in establishing Philadelphia as a center for metalsmithing in the 1960s and 1970s. Candelabrum is an early example of Skoogfors's mature style, with an elegantly simple, unornamented form that shows the influence of contemporary Scandinavian design---an interest that he shared with many other craft artists and that, as he pointed out, he had acquired in the United States, not his native Sweden. Closer consideration of this functional object reveals a painstaking and thoughtful refinement of the form, sensitivity to the weight and malleability of the silver, and perfection of workmanship that are distinctly individual and characteristic of all of Skoogfors's art. Darrel Sewell, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 56.