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Drawing, Design for Open Shelving with Cabinet, 1929–1934

This is a Drawing. It was overseen (as design director) by Donald Deskey and from the office of Donald Deskey. It is dated 1929–1934 and we acquired it in 1988. Its medium is graphite on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey and catalogued by Rachel Hunnicutt. It is credited Gift of Donald Deskey.

Its dimensions are

29.5 × 31.2 cm (11 5/8 × 12 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamp in black ink, lower right: DONALD DESKEY / 145 WEST 57TH STREET / NEW YORK CITY [partially visible]; later stamp in black ink at upper left: DONALD DESKEY / ASSOCIATES

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, upper center: WHITE LAC. / GLASS / POL. CHROME; in graphite, upper right: THUYA WOOD; in graphite, lower right: SCALE 1"=1'–0"; in red color pencil, lower right: P; in graphite, lower right: 7789 [circled]; in graphite: dimensions

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Open Shelving with Cabinet, 1929–1934; Office of Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); USA; graphite on tracing paper; 29.5 × 31.2 cm (11 5/8 × 12 5/16 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1988-101-1733

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