Art Deco

Collection Description

“Art Deco,” a term coined in the 1960s, refers to the style inspired by the 1925 Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et modernes in Paris that became popular around the world in the late 1920s and 1930s. Among the hallmarks of Art Deco are stylized forms, metallic surfaces, an embrace of both exotic and machine-age iconography, and the use of strong vertical and diagonal lines. A variant, often termed Streamline Moderne, emphasizing horizontal lines to express forward motion, became especially popular in the United States. The Wolfsonian has many iconic examples of Deco and Streamline design in its collection, from the classically inspired ceramics of Milanese architect Gio Ponti to the “skyscraper” furniture of Paul Frankl to Walter Dorwin Teague’s Kodak Bantam Special camera.

NV Ned. Vliegtuigenfabriek [NV Ned. Aircraft factory]
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Design for decoration for ceramics: butterfly and flowers
Liqueur glass, Peer [Pear] service
Burgundy glass, Peer [Pear] service
Window panels from the lounge of the Norris Theatre, Norristown, PA
Teacup and saucer
Relief: sleeping women
Liqueur glass, Peer [Pear] service
Silent Flame Table Lighter
Tile: laborer motif [from the lobby of the Chanin Building, New York City]
Sugar Bowl: iris motif
Nieuwe Wandplaten 14 [New Wall Plate 14]
Knife rest: stylized dog form
Tile: locomotive motif [from the lobby of the Chanin Building, New York City]