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Drawing, Design for a Grand Légumier (Vegetable Dish)

This is a Drawing. It is dated ca. 1921 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is graphite, blue color pencil on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The Compagnie des Arts Français was the result of a partnership between architect Louis Süe and painter André Mare along with a cadre of other designers. The firm’s products ranged from furnishings to objects, like the faience vegetable dish that emerged from this design. Süe and Mare’s design reflects the creative fusion of the designers’ different backgrounds and suggests a parallel dialogue between historic, French style and a modern sensibility. The dish was exhibited at the 1925 Paris World’s Fair, called the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, from which the term "Art Deco" was coined.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of George A. Hearn.

  • Textile (France)
  • silk.
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund and through gift of various donors.
  • 1990-128-1

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Radiance Tureen
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Denis Gallion and Daniel Morris.
  • 1994-118-9-a,b
  • Drawing, Design for a Covered Bowl
  • pen and black ink, brown ink [?], graphite on cream tracing paper.
  • Gift of John Finguerra in memory of his brother Jim Finguerra.
  • 1995-164-75

Its dimensions are

H x W: 47 × 36.2 cm (18 1/2 × 14 1/4 in.) H x W (Mat): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamps: Companie des art francais stamp (cornucopia with flowers) in purple at lower left corner; Sue et Mare stamp in gray at bottom center; 4026 in purple in lower right corner.

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, center right: Grand Legumier

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Grand Légumier (Vegetable Dish); France; graphite, blue color pencil on wove paper; H x W: 47 × 36.2 cm (18 1/2 × 14 1/4 in.) H x W (Mat): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22 in.); Museum purchase through gift of George A. Hearn; 1992-70-2

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

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