Art Deco

Collection Description

“Art Deco,” a term coined in the 1960s, refers to the style inspired by the 1925 Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et modernes in Paris that became popular around the world in the late 1920s and 1930s. Among the hallmarks of Art Deco are stylized forms, metallic surfaces, an embrace of both exotic and machine-age iconography, and the use of strong vertical and diagonal lines. A variant, often termed Streamline Moderne, emphasizing horizontal lines to express forward motion, became especially popular in the United States. The Wolfsonian has many iconic examples of Deco and Streamline design in its collection, from the classically inspired ceramics of Milanese architect Gio Ponti to the “skyscraper” furniture of Paul Frankl to Walter Dorwin Teague’s Kodak Bantam Special camera.

Elephant Tower [for the Portals of the Pacific, 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, CA]
Teapot and hot water kettle, Eiffel Tower
Bowl no. 4129
Cheese dish
Sugar tongs
Vase: Geometric motif
La  plante exotique
Bitter glass, Peer [Pear] service
Table lamp [Pelican motif]
Liquor Bottle Sign: Whisky
Decanter with stopper, Peer [Pear] service
Zooals Het Werk Er Uitziet, Als de Was Er Is Afgehaald [How the work looks, after the wax has been taken off]
Sugar bowl: Gazelle Motif
Batik