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1944

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1982

  • We acquired this object.

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Textile, Vegetable Tree, designed 1944; this printing 1981

This is a Textile. It was designed by Josef Frank and manufactured by Svenskt Tenn. It is dated designed 1944; this printing 1981 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is linen and its technique is screen printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled The Father of Swedish Modern Design .

This object was donated by Svenskt Tenn. It is credited Gift of Firma Svenskt Tenn.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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  • Tree of 40 Fruit, 2008-ongoing
  • bare root tree, rendering, drawing, tree of 40 fruit.
  • Courtesy of Sam Van Aken and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
  • NATURE.052

Its dimensions are

H x W: 504.2 x 128.9 cm (16 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 50 3/4 in.) Repeat H: 81.9 cm (32 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Vegetable Tree Komp av Josef Frank Svenskt Tenn Stockholm

Cite this object as

Textile, Vegetable Tree, designed 1944; this printing 1981; Designed by Josef Frank (Austrian, active Sweden, 1885 - 1967); Sweden; linen; H x W: 504.2 x 128.9 cm (16 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 50 3/4 in.) Repeat H: 81.9 cm (32 1/4 in.); Gift of Firma Svenskt Tenn; 1982-60-1

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