COUROC "GILDED OWL" TRAY
Couroc creations have marquetry-like inlays usually of animals set into assorted housewares, typically made of black melamine.
Their products are becoming increasingly collected for their charm and fantastic craftsmanship.
Based out of Monterey California, the company used traditional Japanese techniques for inlay on consumer products, typically trays and decorative bowls, creating a unique output of objects that were both artistic and functional.
The company was founded in 1948 and was in operation until the late 1980's. In addition to their charming figurative designs, the products were made from a uniquely devised phenolic resin that was incredibly durable and had a slick black sheen.
Couroc is a classic example of a mid-century American design firm that deserves further scholarship.
Embossed maker's label on verso.
Resin with metal inlay.
USA, circa 1970