Chicken

Chicken

c. 1920-30

Felted wood, embroidered and stuffed

Overall: 21 x 15.2 x 8.9 cm (8 1/4 x 6 x 3 1/2 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1931.11

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

Description

Abstracted stuffed animals in proud poses originated with avant-garde Viennese designer Dagobert Peche, whose quirky sense of form and decoration ushered in a new era of whimsy and color in modern design in the 1920s. Peche was a powerful force among young artisans eager to establish a new vocabulary of design. These works reflect his modern fascination with geometry and contrasting color, though they were likely made by one of his students at the Wiener Werkstätte.

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Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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