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What is this?

Square linen damask napkin with a cross-shaped pattern with sting rays in the center, interlocking dark and light seahorses forming the largest part of the design, and three interlocking fish in each corner.

This is a napkin from Netherlands. It is dated ca. 1954 and we acquired it in 1985. Museum purchase from Alice Baldwin Beer Memorial Fund.

Its medium is

medium: linen technique: 4\1 satin damask label: linen satin damask

Its dimensions are

H x W: 48.9 × 51.4 cm (19 1/4 × 20 1/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by E.F.J. Van Dissel and Son and designed by Maurits Cornelis Escher

This object was purchased from C.A. Burgers and catalogued by Milton Sonday

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Napkin, "Fish", ca. 1954 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=19 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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