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Textile, Jumbo Junket, 1954

This is a Textile. It was designed by Hans Moller and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Hans Moller, the German-born abstractionist and colorist, brought his predilection for vivid color to his textile designs. Jumbo Junket is a large, playful border print with a circus theme. Two different clowns alternate with elephants. Only the clowns’ faces and hands are visible; they play musical instruments and ruffled collars and cuffs are suggested with squiggly lines. Every other elephant is standing, viewed from the front, or seated on a circus stool, viewed from the back. The design appears primarily in white line drawings on a black ground, with handfuls of colorful confetti-like triangles and circles adding motion and a festive mood.
In 1954, the year this design was released, the traveling tented circus was on its last legs. Two years later, the financially troubled Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus would perform under the big top for the last time, and would make a permanent switch to indoor venues starting with its next season. On July 30, 1956, Life magazine wrote that "a magical era had passed forever."

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Gail Windisch.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 94 × 87.6 cm (37 in. × 34 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Jumbo Junket, 1954; Designed by Hans Moller (American, b. Germany, 1905 - 2000); cotton; H x W: 94 × 87.6 cm (37 in. × 34 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Gail Windisch; 2016-35-66

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