This exhibition was on display from April 07, 2017 to August 20, 2017.

There were 409 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 400 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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A Smaller World

After World War I, American artists, designers, and patrons eagerly traveled to Paris, attending the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes where various countries—though not the United States or Germany—exhibited significant new designs. An American government committee selected 400 objects from the exposition, many for sale, to tour US museums in 1926. Department stores followed suit with exhibitions of imported modern design. Other influences came through the immigration of trained designers, particularly from Vienna and Berlin, to the US. These designers brought new aesthetics and an interest in industrial design that they combined with a fascination with American skyscrapers. The interaction of European-trained and American-born designers created new energy and a style that might be called "melting-pot modern."

  • Object ID #18471603
  • lacquered joined wood, mirrored glass, metal.
  • Gift of James M. Osborn.
  • 1969-97-7-a/i
  • Object ID #18464405
  • joined wood, cut, pressed and dyed shagreen, carved ivory.
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe Sherfesee.
  • 1968-144-13-a/g
  • Object ID #907214303
  • silver and ivory.
  • Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert....
  • 66.2016.5a/g
  • Object ID #907130207
  • silver and rosewood.
  • Lent by Dallas Museum of Art, The Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, gift of....
  • 35.2016.7a/f
  • Object ID #18472959
  • H x W (with glass leaves): 176.1 x 33 cm (5 ft. 9 5/16 in. x 13 in.) H x W....
  • Gift of Elizabeth Arden.
  • 1971-25-3-a/e
  • Object ID #907130217
  • silver, ivory.
  • Lent by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 2007 Collectors....
  • 36.2016.1a/d
  • Object ID #18464763
  • molded and carved glass, white metal; leather, silk, brass (case).
  • Gift of Jacques Jugeat.
  • 1968-163-1-a,b
  • Object ID #907130455
  • porcelain.
  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 87.58.
  • 46.2016.2a,b
  • Object ID #907130407
  • carved emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and diamonds.
  • Private Collection.
  • 41.2016.15a,b
  • Object ID #18424121
  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-4-a,b
  • Object ID #18423493
  • graphite on tracing paper, lined.
  • Gift of Frederick G. Weisser.
  • 1958-77-1-a
  • Ambassador Vase, 1926
  • mould-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-42
  • Object ID #1042155069
  • enamel, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, onyx, gold and platinum.
  • Lent by Vartanian & Sons.
  • 88.2016.5
  • Object ID #1024497197
  • gold, platinum, ebonite, citrine, diamonds, enamel.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CM 29 C21.
  • 86.2016.5
  • Object ID #1024497191
  • sapphires, emeralds, rubies, diamonds, onyx, enamel, and platinum.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. BT 110 A25.
  • 86.2016.4
  • Object ID #1024497183
  • square-shaped diamonds, baguette-, brilliant-, round old- and single-cut....
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CL 341 A26.
  • 86.2016.3
  • Object ID #907218827
  • gilt and lacquered wood, patinated bronze.
  • Lent by Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, 39952A.
  • 77.2016.1
  • Object ID #18423499
  • graphite on tracing paper, lined.
  • Gift of Frederick G. Weisser.
  • 1958-77-2
  • Object ID #1041531539
  • silk, fur, rhinestone, felt, satin.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York.Gift of Miss Mildred Sawyer, 1932,....
  • 76.2016.8
  • Object ID #1041531531
  • wool.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Ann Andrews, 1972, 72.136.6A-B.
  • 76.2016.6
  • Object ID #1041531529
  • velvet, silk, beads, metallic embroidery.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Mrs. Christian R. Holmes,....
  • 76.2016.5
  • Object ID #1041531527
  • pearl, floss, metallic thread, silk, velvet.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Mrs. Fritz Kreisler, 1960,....
  • 76.2016.4
  • Object ID #1042155075
  • leather.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Jesse I.....
  • 76.2016.13
  • Object ID #1041531537
  • silk velvet, kid, rhinestones.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York.1982-21-1-a,b.
  • 76.2016.10