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 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.

  • Ribbons (France), ca. 1925
  • silk, metal strips wrapped around cotton core.
  • Anonymous bequest in memory of Albert and Rebecca Elsberg.
  • 1938-82-184-a/e
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 11 images of this object.
  • Object ID #907214187
  • 18k gold, cabochon sapphire, demantoid garnet, faceted sapphires and enamel.
  • Neil Lane Collection.
  • 59.2016.11a/c
  • Object ID #907130305
  • 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
  • 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
  • Object ID #18640849
  • graphite, blue color pencil on wove paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of George A. Hearn.
  • 1992-70-2
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Object ID #907214321
  • cherry or pearwood, mirror glass, paint, gold leaf.
  • Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift,....
  • 66.2016.9
  • Object ID #907214297
  • thuyawood, mahogany, satinwood, plastic, ebony.
  • Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble, Jr.....
  • 66.2016.3
  • Object ID #907214291
  • 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
  • Object ID #907214069
  • sterling silver.
  • Lent by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gift of Cecily E. Horton, 2014.814.
  • 52.2016.4
  • Object ID #907130453
  • silver, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, enamel, marble.
  • Lent by Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 78.245.
  • 46.2016.1
  • Object ID #907130091
  • cut steel and wrought iron.
  • Collection of the Newark Museum, Gift of Herman A. E. and Paul C. Jaehne,....
  • 40.2016.1
  • Object ID #18563383
  • wrought iron.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Richard Irvin.
  • 1941-38-1
  • 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
  • Object ID #18488121
  • cast and patinated bronze with beveled mirrored plate glass.
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.
  • 1975-32-1
  • Object ID #18488141
  • cast and wrought bronze.
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.
  • 1975-32-3
  • Textile (France), 1925
  • silk.
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund and through gift of various donors.
  • 1990-128-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.