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Sidewall, Ducks and Grasses, 1948

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz and made by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is dated 1948 and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is screen printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

One of Karasz’s earlier repeating patterns, Ducks and Grasses displays a creative use of positive and negative space. The ducks are rendered as outlines and assume the background coloring, while the use of grasses in front and behind the ducks suggests depth.

This object was donated by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc. and catalogued by Dr. Haus Huth. It is credited Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc..

  • Object ID #18400637
  • silk warp and weft, gold thread is s-wrapped foil, over 2-ply z-twisted cotton.
  • Gift of Jean Mailey.
  • 1954-170-7

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Bandbox (USA), ca. 1830
  • block-printed on paper, pasteboard support.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1918-19-11-a,b
  • Textile, Duck Blind, 1953
  • cotton.
  • American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of....
  • 2016-35-15

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (b): 70 x 76 cm (27 9/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (c): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Ducks and Grasses, 1948; Designed by Ilonka Karasz (American, b. Hungary, 1896–1981); USA; screen printed on paper; H x W (a): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (b): 70 x 76 cm (27 9/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (c): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.); Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.; 1951-2-1-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ilonka Karasz, Works from the Collection.

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