Decorative arts from the world's fairs

A Missouri exhibition spotlights the legendary craftsmanship and innovation of old-fashioned international expos

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    Dallas Museum of Art

    Gilbert Rohde, American, 1894–1944; Herman Miller Clock Co., United States (Zeeland, MI), 1927–1937.

    "Z-Clock," 1933. Glass, enamel and chromium-plated steel.

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    Indianapolis Museum of Art

    Louis Majorelle, French, 1859–1926.

    "Cabinet," ca. 1900. Kingwood, mahogany, amaranth with various woods, gilded bronze, and replacement textile.

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    Yale University Art Gallery

    Gilbert Rohde, American (1884–1944).

    "Vanity and Ottoman," 1934. Painted white holly, red English elm, yellow poplar, mirrored glass, Bakelite and wool upholstery.

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    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

    Namikawa Sōsuke, Japanese, 1847–1910.

    "Bowl," ca. 1900. Enamel and silver.

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    Indianapolis Museum of Art

    Jean-Valentin Morel, French, 1794–1860.

    "Cup," 1854–1855. Bloodstone (jasper), gold, enamels, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and cameos.

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    Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

    Attributed to Louis Dierra, American, active ca. 1939; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., United States (Pittsburgh, PA), 1883–present.

    "Chair," ca. 1939. Glass with synthetic upholstery.

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    Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

    Marcel Breuer, designer, American (b. Hungary), 1902–1981; Isokon Furniture Co., manufacturer, England (London), 1935–1939.

    "Long chair," 1936. Plywood.

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    Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

    Henry Hugh Armstead, English, 1828–1905; C. F. Hancock & Sons, England (London), 1849–present.

    "Tennyson Vase," 1867. Silver and gilded silver with replacement textile.

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    Musée des Arts Décoratifs

    Keller Frères, France (1881–1922). "Pitcher," 1900. Gilded silver.

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