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Textile, Curio Cabinet, 1952

This is a Textile. It was designed by Doris Lee and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Doris Lee, the American painter whose 1935 painting, “Thanksgiving,” caused controversy and brought her considerable fame, was among the first to create textile designs for Associated American Artists.
Macy’s announced Lee’s textile design, Curio Cabinet, in a New York Times advertisement (March 30, 1952) with the headline, “A Decorative Fabric Sensation: ‘Curio Cabinet’ by Famous American Artist, Doris Lee.” The copy read, “Why settle for just an ordinary print in your new Spring draperies, slipcovers or upholstery when a design by a famous American artist costs so little? See the fresh, clean, breezy look of this pattern, its beguiling nostalgic flavor.”
In this colorway, a variety of ceramics and glassware in black, gray, and white, some filled with bright flowers, are arranged in rows on a red ground. A slate gray version (5826.37.2016) and a set of samples in different colorways (5826.38.2016) are also proposed for acquisition.
Curio Cabinet is part of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000.”

It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Anne Cadrette.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 116.2 × 74.9 cm (45 3/4 × 29 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Curio Cabinet, 1952; Designed by Doris Lee (American, 1905 - 1983); cotton; H x W: 116.2 × 74.9 cm (45 3/4 × 29 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Anne Cadrette; 2016-35-46

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