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1927

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1931

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1975

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Drawing, Design for Screen with Geometric Forms

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Donald Deskey and from the office of Donald Deskey and drafted by Donald Deskey and made for (as the client) Paul T. Frankl. It is dated 1927–31 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is pen and black ink, brush and gouache, brush and gold and silver paint, graphite on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

At the 1925 Paris exposition Donald Deskey saw an array of screens, including lacquered examples by Jean Dunand. From 1927 to 1931, Deskey produced decorative screens, such as this design, that showcased his artistic predilection for bold colors and simple shapes.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey. It is credited Gift of Donald Deskey.

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Its dimensions are

33.3 × 44.6 cm (13 1/8 × 17 9/16 in.) Mat: 35.9 × 46 cm (14 1/8 × 18 1/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamp in red ink, lower left: DONALD DESKEY / 145 WEST 57TH STREET / NEW YORK CITY

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower left: -1032-; on verso: FOR FRANKEL [sic] GALLERIES / Franke / For Frankel G

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Screen with Geometric Forms; Designed by Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); USA; pen and black ink, brush and gouache, brush and gold and silver paint, graphite on illustration board; 33.3 × 44.6 cm (13 1/8 × 17 9/16 in.) Mat: 35.9 × 46 cm (14 1/8 × 18 1/8 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1975-11-15

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