WPA trunk painted by Kristof Slanina

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Titles WPA trunk painted by Kristof Slanina
Description Painted black trunk with polychrome tulip motif typical of Hungarian/Romanian design (per Romanian MC staff person Raluca Octav), signed by "Kristof Slanina / WPA Handicraft, Dist 3, No. 2118", from Goldstein Gallery Study Collection, University of Minnesota; 1935-1943.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 24 inches
33 inches
19 inches
Nomenclature trunk (container)
Creation Maker: Slanina, Kristof J.
Subjects United States, Works Progress Administration (Wash.)
Used by: Goldstein Gallery
Used in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Arts & Crafts. Handicrafts
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1935 - Not later than 1943
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1996.528.1 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • alice on July 2, 2014 02:56:46 PM
    I have a trunk signed by Kristof Slanina..Is this of value? I can't find anything else of his on the internet... Thank you for your time. Alice...
  • Sondra on July 8, 2014 02:58:19 PM
    Alice, The MNHS collection includes this trunk, a tray and two bowls painted by Kristof Slanina, in addition to a photograph of the local artist at work during the time he was employed by the Works Progress Administration in St. Paul. Our records include an obituary for Slanina which indicates that he was born in Hungary circa 1899 and died in St. Paul in 1978. The Minnesota Historical Society cannot assign value, but you might contact the Minnesota Antiques Dealers Association for a list of appraisers (http://www.mnantiquesdealers.com/services/accredited-appraisers/). Sincerely, Sondra Reierson Associate Curator, 3D Objects
  • Barbara on January 13, 2018 12:46:17 AM
    Alice--Do you still have the trunk?
  • alice A jameson on June 18, 2018 01:01:09 PM
    yes I do
  • CLM on July 8, 2020 07:01:27 PM
    I have a 15 inch tall Japanese pottery blank vase decorated with an exotic bird and signed Kristof Slanina. Did he do very much pottery decoration? Is this from the WPA period or later?
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on August 6, 2020 06:36:48 PM
    Thank you for your interest and your patience. Please see the Gale Family Library's page for more information on limited services at this time, updates, and contact information: http://sites.mnhs.org/library/research-self-help-during-covid-19

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