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Sidewall, Ducks and Grasses

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

One of Karasz’s earlier repeating patterns, Ducks and Grasses displays a creative use of positive and negative space. The ducks are rendered as outlines and assume the background coloring, while the use of grasses in front and behind the ducks suggests depth.

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

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  • Tankard (England)
  • molded, glazed and incised stoneware.
  • Gift of Mrs. Paul Brandwein.
  • 1974-25-1

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

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Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (b): 70 x 76 cm (27 9/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (c): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Ducks and Grasses; Designed by Ilonka Karasz ((American, born Hungary, 1896–1981)); Made by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc. (United States); USA; screen printed on paper; H x W (a): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (b): 70 x 76 cm (27 9/16 x 29 15/16 in.) H x W (c): 85.5 x 76 cm (33 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.); Gift of Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.; 1951-2-1-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ilonka Karasz, Works from the Collection.

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