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Wastebasket, 1928

This is a Wastebasket. It was designed by Donald Deskey. It is dated 1928 and we acquired it in 2018. Its medium is painted wood with silver leaf.

Donald Deskey’s decorative furnishings included this waste basket of about 1928, which evokes both skyscrapers and electrical lights, and uses the same strong geometries and color contrasts seen on some of his screens. These objects could be mixed with Deskey’s own chrome and mixed-media furniture or Paul Frankl’s Skyscraper forms.

This object was donated by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler. It is credited Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Screen
  • silver leaf, lacquered wood, cast metal (hinges).
  • 2018-22-29

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 34.9 × 34.9 × 22.5 cm (13 3/4 × 13 3/4 × 8 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Wastebasket, 1928; Designed by Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); painted wood with silver leaf; H x W x D: 34.9 × 34.9 × 22.5 cm (13 3/4 × 13 3/4 × 8 7/8 in.); Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler; 2018-29-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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