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1948

  • Work on this object began.

1950

  • Work on this object ended.

1951

  • We acquired this object.

2008

2020

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Scenic, Serenade, 1948–50

This is a Scenic. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz and made by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is dated 1948–50 and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is blueprint process on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

A prolific designer across different media, Ilonka Karasz was very aware of Asian art, as can be seen in this panel. The work bears resemblance to the Safavid structure of idealized space and geometric patterns. The surfaces have a textured look—a technique she often employed in her wallpaper designs.

This object was donated by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc..

Its dimensions are

Overall: 298 x 107 cm (9 ft. 9 5/16 in. x 42 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in right selvedge: "______bach and Warren Serenade Designed by Ilonka Karasz Panel 1."

Cite this object as

Scenic, Serenade, 1948–50; Designed by Ilonka Karasz (American, b. Hungary, 1896–1981); USA; blueprint process on paper; Overall: 298 x 107 cm (9 ft. 9 5/16 in. x 42 1/8 in.); Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.; 1951-2-2

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