Felted wool, embroidered and stuffed; metal wire
Overall: 25.4 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm (10 x 9 x 2 in.)
Educational Purchase Fund 1931.12
This playful cat taunts the viewer for attention.
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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