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Cocktail Napkin, 100 Years of American Design Collection

This is a Cocktail napkin. It was designed by Marguerita Mergentime.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It has been able to spend time at the museum on loan from Virginia Bayer.

It is dated 1936. Its medium is linen. It is a part of the department.

American folk art was particularly popular during the 1930s, and Mergentime was a collector and incorporated various motifs from patchwork quilts, painted chests, stenciled borders, and calligraphic lines into her textiles. This collection was designed exclusively for Lord & Taylor.

It is credited Courtesy of Mergentime Family Archive.

Its dimensions are

L x W (flowers): 12.7 × 18.4 cm (5 in. × 7 1/4 in.) L x W (doves): 13 × 18.4 cm (5 1/8 × 7 1/4 in.) L x W (garlands): 12.7 × 18.4 cm (5 in. × 7 1/4 in.)

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