|Project by madburg||posted 08-15-2016 03:37 AM||681 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
Woman in Gold
This is the second Gustave Klimt painting that I have used to decorate a box.
The picture called Woman in Gold is of Adele Bloch-Bauer and was painted by Klimt in 1907, and is widely regarded as a masterpiece.
In 2007 it was sold in New York for a record US$135 million. The highest sum ever paid for a painting.
The painting along with four other Klimt paintings had been owned by the Bloch-Bauer family when they were seized by the Nazis during WWII. For years the picture had been the subject of a restitution battle between Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, and niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Austrian government who had ‘recovered’ the paintings after WWII.
The story of this legal battle between Maria Altmann and the Austrian government, was made into the film ‘Woman in Gold’ staring Helen Mirren.
Enough history ........
I have made quite a few boxes over the years that include a musical movement, but I have never made a ‘full blown’ music box. My idea with this box was to tray and amplify the sound of the musical movement as much as possible without resorting to electronics.
Essentially the box is of very simple construction with a sit-on-top lid. It encloses a lot of empty space, with four separate sound boards, one of which incorporates a ‘dobro’ guitar (cigar box guitar) resonator cone. All the sound boards use guitar quality spruce and are inter-connected and tensioned with carbon fibre rods, similar to a violins sound bar, to help transmit the sound from one board to the next.
The space in the bottom of the box, behind the sound grill also has a stepped baffle board to enhance different resonances.
The box uses a 72 note Sankyo movement that plays 3 sequential excerpts from Bach’s “Bradenburg Concerto”.
The interior of the box does has three small lift out trays with compartments underneath – quite simple compared to my last box – ‘Klimt on a Box’.
The one off marquetry on the lid uses laminated shell sheet for her main dress, with inlays of gold leaf, and coloured veneer. The central part of the dress is from coloured veneers. Her jewellery is made up from twisted brass wire in various combinations, some gold flakes, and her neck collar has four nose stud ‘jewels’.
The back of the seat has a combination of micro mosaic marquetry, a range of different shell ‘dots’, brass drop earrings, small oyster veneers, and some other brass jewellery findings.
Having made the box I didn’t like the fact that with the lid hinged and open in the usual way the ‘Woman in Gold’ wouldn’t be seen. So I worked out a secondary hinge mechanism, incorporating some rare-earth magnets, that enables the lid to fold back on its self so displaying the marquetry.
Thanks for looking – hope you like her!!
-- Madburg WA