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Drawing, Design for Textile: "Party Ashtray", ca. 1936

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Donald Deskey and from the office of Donald Deskey and drafted by Donald Deskey. It is dated ca. 1936 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is white, blue, and red-orange pastel on black wove paper . It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Vivid diagonal lines of lit cigarettes contrast with curving blue plumes of smoke to create movement across the surface of this textile design. Textiles were important to Deskey’s interiors and provided him with more opportunities to use industrial materials in his modern designs. While his furniture incorporated new synthetic plastics and laminates, Deskey’s textile designs embraced synthetic fabrics such as Permatex and Rayon.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey. It is credited Gift of Donald Deskey.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 16 × 13.1 cm (6 5/16 × 5 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in white pastel, verso: "Party Ashtray" / #69 / 88[cents] yd

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Textile: "Party Ashtray", ca. 1936; Designed by Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); USA; white, blue, and red-orange pastel on black wove paper ; H x W: 16 × 13.1 cm (6 5/16 × 5 3/16 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1975-11-20

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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