Felted wool with applied silver leather and bead, embroidered and stuffed
Overall: 29.2 x 24.8 x 7.6 cm (11 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 3 in.)
Educational Purchase Fund 1931.9
Animals fascinated early modern designers interested in kinetic form and patterns of decoration.
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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