Elsa Vick Shaw (American, Cleveland School, 1891-1974) Oceania, 1941, reverse image sandblasted glass panel, for mural installed on passenger ship S.S.President Polk, of the President Lines, engraved by Rose Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio, after the design by Elsa Vick Shaw, originally a 30 foot lighted glass mural on board the ship.
51 x 44 in.
Provenance: Estate of Elsa Vick Shaw, Moreland Hills, Ohio
Private Collection, Cleveland, Ohio
The technique of reverse image sandblasted glass was brought to Rose Iron Works by Paul Feher (French 1898-1990) who was the artist and master designer at the company. He instructed the Rose sons in the implementation of the technique and the mural was then created after Shaw's design by Melvin Rose. This glass mural was the most ambitious commission for this type of work, but when the S.S. President Polk was requisitioned for the war effort the mural was lost. This panel was in the personal collection of the artist.