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Ashtray

c. 1920–29
Diameter: 1.9 x 8.6 cm (3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
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Location: not on view

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Animals fascinated early modern designers interested in kinetic form and patterns of decoration.

Description

In the early 1900s, bending and cutting sheet metal to produce dynamic shapes was one of the most common techniques used to teach natural form in design schools in Vienna. From this method evolved the commercial production of small polished or enameled figures of popular animals from the circus or farm—including giraffes, foxes, and dogs—exaggerated in their modernist forms.
Ashtray

Ashtray

c. 1920–29

Austria, Vienna

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