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Mobilia Gallery

Collection Creator:
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Text [31027000852117]
Date:
1996-2003
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

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The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Irena Brynner papers, circa 1914-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Irena Brynner papers
Irena Brynner papers / Series 4: Personal Business Records
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-bryniren-ref134

Oral history interview with June Schwarcz

Interviewee:
Schwarcz, June, 1918-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Bellas Artes (Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
De Vera Gallery  Search this
Japonesque Gallery  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pratt Institute  Search this
Susan Cummins Gallery  Search this
Sybaris Gallery  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Letchzin, Stanley  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Extent:
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 January 21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of June Schwarcz conducted 2001 January 21, by Arline M. Fisch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Schwarcz's home and studio, Sausalito, California.
Schwarcz speaks of her family background; early interest in color and form; studies at Pratt Institute; working in as a package designer and free-lance designer for department stores such as Macy's in New York and Hochschild-Kohn in Baltimore; living in Chicago, Brazil, and Denver; learning about enamels from a group of "housewives" in Denver; reading Kenneth Bates's book [Enameling: Principles and Practice] "as if it were the Bible"; visiting America House and meeting Dominick Maillard; settling in Sausalito, California, in 1954; the comparison of natural erosion in streams and rocks to etched surfaces; sources of inspiration including fog, folk art, African art, ancient Chinese ceramics, the Japanese aesthetic, ethnic clothing and fabrics, pleats and folds, and works by Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Morris Louis, and Mark Rothko; the practice of working on several pieces at one time; the influence of two books, Santayana's "The Sense of Beauty" and Junichiro Tanizaki's "In Praise of Shadows;" her desire to "making things that are beautiful"; her husband's support and assistance with tools, materials, and techniques; the significance of various tools and equipment; developing forms through paper patterns; the body as vessel; color as "personality"; technical pitfalls of the enameling process; technical problems of electroplating; the 1974 World Craft Conference in which Stanley Letchzin presented his findings on electroforming; meeting Letchzin and comparing processes; the difficulties in selling work; the lack of an audience; teaching workshops at Arrowmont and Vail; aversion to teaching and commissions; relationships with Susan Cummins Gallery, Bellas Artes Gallery, Japonesque Gallery, De Vera Gallery, Sybaris Gallery, and Mobilia Gallery; travel to Europe and Japan; honors and awards; and interest in transparent enamels. Schwarcz also describes her use of basse taille, plique-à-jour, electroplating, electroforming, brush plating, raku, scotchbrite, and Mi-Tique (patina solutions). She also recalls development of each piece in her retrospective catalog, "June Schwarcz : forty years, forty pieces" (San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, 1998) and concludes the interview by discussing five current pieces in progress.
Biographical / Historical:
June Schwarcz (1918-2015) was an enamaler from Sausalito, California. Arline M. Fisch (1931-) is a metalsmith from San Diego, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 36 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Enamelers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Enamels and enameling -- Technique  Search this
Enamels and enameling -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-workers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.schwar01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schwar01

Oral history interview with Merry Renk

Interviewee:
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
750 Studio  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) -- Students  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
San Francisco Metal Arts Guild  Search this
School of Industrial Design (Trenton, N.J.) -- Students  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. History of Art Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis), 1904-  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Curtis, Earle  Search this
De Patta, Margaret, 1903-1964  Search this
Godfrey, Mary Jo Slick  Search this
Guermonprez, Trude, 1910-1976  Search this
Hall, Doris.  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Oliver, Olive  Search this
Tajiri, Shinkichi, 1923-2009  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Extent:
49 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (sound file (4 min. 15 sec.) Audio excerpt, digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2001 January 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merry Renk conducted 2001 January 18-19, by Arline M. Fisch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Renk's home and studio, San Francisco, California.
Renk speaks of her family background; growing up during the Depression; her father's creativity and encouragement; early inspiration from "the structure of nature"; attending the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, N.J., and later the Institute of Design in Chicago; student life at the Institute of Design; establishing a studio and gallery, 750 Studio, at 750 North Dearborn, in Chicago, in 1947, with two other students, Mary Jo Slick [Godfrey] and Olive [Bunny] Oliver; managing 750 Studio and organizing exhibitions of Harry Callahan, Henry Miller, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, Warren and Ethel MacKenzie, Doris Hall, and others; working with enamels; early "primitive" spirals; decision to be a jeweler; the importance of the "wearability" of jewelry; moving to San Francisco in 1948; living in Paris, 1950-1951; relationship with Shinkichi Tajiri; visiting Constantin Brancusi; traveling with Lenore Tawney through Spain and Morocco; settling in San Francisco; friendship with sculptor and neighbor Ruth Asawa; learning about Josef Albers from Asawa, resulting in experiments with folded metal; meeting her second husband, potter Earle Curtis on Halloween 1954; purchasing and remodeling their home; teaching part-time at the University of California, Berkeley and in workshops; her children, Baunnie and Sandra; managing motherhood and jewelry making in a two-artist household; drawing as a form of inventory; the influence of Lee Nordness; learning the plique-à-jour technique of enameling through trial and error; early influence of Doris Hall's work; working with wire; use of natural forms and interlocking forms; the process of making Wedding Crown (1968) for the exhibition Objects USA; making wedding crowns for her daughters; her shift from non-objective art to portraiture and symbolic imagery in the early 1970s; making large-scale sculpture in 1974, then "drifting back" to jewelry; importance of working independently; her "memory paintings" in the 1980s; evolution of her name from Mary Ruth Gibbs to Merry Renk Curtis (married Stanley Renk in 1941); her involvement with local guilds such as the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco and national organizations such as the American Craft Council (ACC); lack of critical writing about her work; the value of exhibitions; various pieces in museum collections; early ACC conferences; her long friendship with photographer Imogen Cunningham; posing for Cunningham; becoming an ACC fellow; her jewelry tools; the process of painting compared to jewelry making. She also mentions Kenneth Bates, Trude Guermonprez, Irena Brynner, the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her mentor Margaret de Patta.
Biographical / Historical:
Merry Renk (1921-2012) was a jeweler, painter, and sculptor from San Francisco, California. Arline M. Fisch (1931-) is a metalsmith from San Diego, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 9 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Enamelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.renk01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-renk01

Mobilia Gallery

Collection Creator:
Jamison Thomas Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988-1989
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is available in the Archives' Washington, D.C. research facility. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Jamison Thomas Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Jamison Thomas Gallery records, 1940-1996, bulk 1980-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jamison Thomas Gallery Records
Jamison Thomas Gallery Records / Series 2: Client and Collector Files / 2.1: Galleries, Museums, and Schools
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jamithog-ref143

Oral history interview with Merry Renk, 2001 January 18-19

Interviewee:
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M., 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis)  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Curtis, Earle  Search this
De Patta, Margaret  Search this
Godfrey, Mary Jo Slick  Search this
Guermonprez, Trude  Search this
Hall, Doris.  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Oliver, Olive  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Tajiri, Shinkichi  Search this
750 Studio  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
San Francisco Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Institute of Design  Search this
School of Industrial Design (Trenton, N.J.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. History of Art Dept.  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Enamelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11961
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227005
AAA_collcode_renk01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_227005
Online Media:

Oral history interview with June Schwarcz, 2001 January 21

Interviewee:
Schwarcz, June Therese, 1918-2015  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M., 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Louis, Morris  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Letchzin, Stanley  Search this
Bellas Artes (Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
De Vera Gallery  Search this
Japonesque Gallery  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Pratt Institute  Search this
Susan Cummins Gallery  Search this
Sybaris Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Enamels and enameling -- Technique  Search this
Enamels and enameling -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-workers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12744
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227013
AAA_collcode_schwar01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_227013
Online Media:

Point of View

Artist:
Renie Breskin Adams, born Michigan City, IN 1938  Search this
Medium:
cotton embroidery
Dimensions:
22 x 27 1/2 in. (55.8 x 69.9 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Fiber
Crafts
Date:
1986
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Recreation\craft\drawing  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Wagner and Mobilia Gallery
Copyright:
© 1986, Renie Breskin Adams
Object number:
2001.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk732b03cc0-6526-42b7-9765-b06485e02368
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2001.10

Large Vase

Artist:
George Bowes, born Toledo, OH 1961  Search this
Medium:
wheel thrown, altered, glazed, and underglazed porcelain
Dimensions:
13 1/8 × 7 1/4 × 7 1/8 in. (33.3 × 18.4 × 18.1 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Ceramic
Crafts
Date:
1998
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
2001.76
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk75238962d-905f-42f3-9117-c02501e59024
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2001.76

Nightingales

Artist:
Daniel Jocz, born Beloit, WI 1943  Search this
Medium:
fine silver, sterling silver, and 18k gold
Dimensions:
2 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 3/4 in. (5.6 x 7.4 x 1.8 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1994
Topic:
Emblem\cross  Search this
Figure\fragment\mouth  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery and Helen Bock
Copyright:
© 1994, Daniel H. Jocz
Object number:
1999.53
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7b50ea49c-61e9-406f-9454-45244d61b865
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1999.53

Double Ring

Artist:
Harold O'Connor, born Utica, NY 1941  Search this
Medium:
18k gold, lapis lazuli
Dimensions:
1 1/2 x 2 x 3/4 in. (3.8 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm.)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1998
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
1998.111.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk75ea2a255-3000-46da-8b63-7b1aa0de2200
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.111.1

Ring

Artist:
Harold O'Connor, born Utica, NY 1941  Search this
Medium:
silver, 18k gold, granulation
Dimensions:
1 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (2.9 x 4.1 x 3.8 cm.)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1998
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
1998.111.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7e6e2c2e2-9228-4ccf-a7ad-2078ec7d5a27
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.111.2

Brooch

Artist:
Harold O'Connor, born Utica, NY 1941  Search this
Medium:
silver, 18k gold, river rock, granulation
Dimensions:
1 1/8 x 5 x 3/4 in. (2.9 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm.)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1998
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
1998.111.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7c3e00e1f-3288-4d33-b26e-7c5a1effa3d6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.111.3

Necklace

Artist:
Harold O'Connor, born Utica, NY 1941  Search this
Medium:
silver and spectrolite
Dimensions:
21 1/4 x 2 x 1/2 in. (54.0 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm.)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1998
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
1998.111.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72cb82c0a-d553-4a9a-ba3e-7f8269cf0077
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.111.4

Tribute

Artist:
Judy Mulford, born Los Angeles, CA 1938  Search this
Medium:
gourd, waxed linen, silver and glass beads, fine silver, mother-of-pearl buttons, polymer clay, photographic transfers, paper and paint
Dimensions:
18 x 5 in. (45.7 x 12.7 cm) diam.
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1997
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Allegory\passion\joy  Search this
Allegory\quality\pride  Search this
Allegory\quality\fortitude  Search this
Object\written matter  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery
Object number:
1998.145
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7dc980cf4-06d2-47e9-b9c1-19e8d676b83c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.145

The Weighing of the Heart

Designer:
Kevin Coates, English, b. 1950  Search this
Medium:
Gold, faience (ceramic frit amulet fragment, Egyptian, 7th-5th century BC), turquoise, carnelian, ebony, silver (brooch); mixed media on slate, joined and painted wood, Plexiglass (holder)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Brooch in art form holder
Object Name:
Brooch in art form holder
Made in:
England
Date:
ca. 1998
Credit Line:
Gift of Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan
Accession Number:
2011-15-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mobilia Gallery
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq45021407e-4255-4649-9d8b-82b2beaea7a6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2011-15-1

The Weighing Of The Heart

Artist:
Kevin Coates, English, b. 1950  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media on slate, painted wood, Plexiglass
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Brooch holder
Object Name:
Brooch holder
Made in:
England
Date:
ca. 1998
Credit Line:
Gift of Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan
Accession Number:
2011-15-2-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mobilia Gallery
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq489c74126-db57-48d2-b3fc-b1f249361e1b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2011-15-2-a_b

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