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Leather in the decorative arts

Smithsonian Libraries
"Catalogue [of the exhibition]": p. 11-15.

Introduction signed: Everett P. Lesley, Jr.

Decorative Arts and Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Furniture, Decorative Arts and Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Design for armchair.

Furniture, Decorative Arts and Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This paper shows a list of names of several twentieth-century artists in black and blue ink and graphite. On the lower right, there are drawings in colored pencil of cupcake pans.

Furniture, Decorative Arts and Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A scale drawing of the head of a woman for a clock. Below, plan of details for the clock. Text in graphite throughout.

Furniture, Decorative Arts and Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Design for armchair, plans, elevations, and perspectives, including scales.

decorative object

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Villagescape [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Craft Horizons, Vol. XX, no 3 (May/June 1960), pg. 19.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Tapestry [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Tapestry [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Resurrection [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Craft Horizons, Vol. XX, no 3 (May/June 1960), pg. 20.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Tapestry [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Tapestry [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Tapestry [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

Craft Horizons, Vol. XX, no 3 (May/June 1960).

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Craft Horizons, Vol. XX, no. 3 (May/June 1960), cover.

When Cubism Met the Decorative Arts in France

Smithsonian Magazine

In 1909 when Picasso and Braque made their first forays into what would later be called Cubism, critics were less than overwhelmed; their reactions ranged from "ugly" to "grotesque." But within two decades, the new style, with its bold colors and fractured geometry, had found its way into French homes as decorative artists created Cubist-inspired lamps, folding screens, clothing and other everyday objects.

Now, in an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, the early impact of Cubism on France's decorative arts is explored. "Picasso, Braque, L├ęger and the Cubist Spirit, 1919-1939" includes a section that places decorative-arts objects alongside Cubist artworks of the same era. Among the highlights are colorful dress-design sketches by Sonia Delaunay, whose clients included Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson, and an aluminum-and-plastic desk lamp designed by Jacques Le Chevallier that looks modern even today. The exhibit, which will not travel, runs through October 20.

Doves [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

Photographed for: Roko Gallery.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Faces [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

Photographed for: Osborne Gallery.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Crucifixion [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

Photographed for: Osborne Gallery.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Decorative door boss and nail

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Round boss in the form of a Catherine Wheel On a square shank.

decorative door nail

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Abstract Design [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Abstract Design [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Title supplied by cataloger.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Wall Hanging [decorative arts] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Craft Horizons, Vol. XX, no 3 (May/June 1960), pg. 18-19.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 10 in.

1 negative ; 4 x 5 in.

Decorative Arts: Official Catalog Department of Fine Arts Division of Decorative Arts Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Softcover catalog for the Decorative Arts section of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, California. Cover is printed in black and white with shades of gray in a striking composition that reflects the elements of interior design and decoration. Two vertical bands comprised of a series of shaded gray vertical lines suggest fluted columns. Superimposed over these columns and title text are meandering lines that mimic thread and thick cords. A group of thin lines radiate left and converge on the year 1939 in the form of a vanishing point that draws eye toward the text.
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