This exhibition started on April 07, 2017 and is on display until 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 New Look for Familiar Forms

In the early 1920s, new ideas challenged the supremacy of traditional American "good taste" in design. Although wary of the socialistic fervor associated with radical design movements such as Russian Constructivism, the fashionable consumer was eased into modernity through an admiration for France. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Edgar Brandt, Louis Süe, and André Mare were among those who produced works using lavish craftsmanship, exotic materials, and extreme technical skill; invoking 18th-century French styles, but with pared down form and decoration. This trend influenced American manufacturers, especially in furniture. Silver and jewelry design created an important connection between traditional metalwork techniques and new influences.

  • Demi-parure, 1920s
  • 18k gold, cabochon sapphire, demantoid garnet, faceted sapphires and enamel.
  • Neil Lane Collection.
  • 59.2016.11a/c
  • Covered Jar, Clochettes Mauves, 1931
  • porcelain with colored pâte-sur-pâte, glazes, and gilding.
  • Lent by The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 1987.196.
  • 48.2016.1a,b
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Day Dress, 1919–20
  • floral printed cotton, trimmed with silk velvet.
  • Lent by Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Katherine Cortesi Armstrong,....
  • 76.2016.7
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Armoire, ca. 1926
  • thuyawood, mahogany, satinwood, plastic, ebony.
  • Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble, Jr.....
  • 66.2016.3
  • Desk, Tibattant, ca. 1923
  • macassar ebony, ivory, leather, aluminum leaf, silver, silk, oak, lumber-core....
  • Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift,....
  • 66.2016.1
  • Actaeon, 1925
  • gilt bronze.
  • Lent by David Owsley Museum of Art, Frank C. Ball Collection, Gift of the....
  • 60.2016.1
  • Dining Chair, 1925
  • bird's-eye maple, upholstery.
  • Collection of John C. Waddell.
  • 53.2016.9
  • Presentation Bowl, 1925
  • sterling silver.
  • Lent by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gift of Cecily E. Horton, 2014.814.
  • 52.2016.4
  • Trophy, #100, 1923
  • silver, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, enamel, marble.
  • Lent by Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 78.245.
  • 46.2016.1
  • Chandelier, ca. 1925
  • cut steel and wrought iron.
  • Collection of the Newark Museum, Gift of Herman A. E. and Paul C. Jaehne,....
  • 40.2016.1
  • Corner Cabinet, ca. 1923
  • kingwood (amaranth) veneer on mahogany, ivory inlay.
  • Lent by Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Joseph F. McCrindle,....
  • 33.2016.1
  • Canapé Gondole, ca. 1925
  • carved indian rosewood, indian rosewood-veneered wood, brass, and linen velvet.
  • Private Midwest collection.
  • 32.2016.3