Wright's design philosophy, which he called 'organic architecture', was based on an underlying and essential unity of programme, site, plan, elevation, structure, ornament and materials.

This led him to conceive buildings in their totality, designing interiors, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, lighting and murals wherever possible. He fully subscribed to the notion that a building was a complete work of art requiring that each element contribute to the effect of the whole. The monumental copper urn was a design he used in many houses both as an architectural decoration, often high atop rafters or interior partitions, and as a vessel for holding dried flowers or branches on tabletops.

Provenance

Dana House, Springfield; (local) auction house conyenys (1943); Christie's New York, 13/7/86; Mr Thomas S.Monaghan.


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