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Meissen coffee pot and cover (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 9 in; 22.86 cm
overall: 8 3/4 in x 6 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 22.225 cm x 16.8275 cm x 12.065 cm
Object Name:
coffeepot
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.06ab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.06ab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
355ab
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-d1f9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415412
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Meissen teapot and cover (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 4 1/4 in; 10.795 cm
overall: 4 1/8 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 17.4625 cm x 9.8425 cm
Object Name:
teapot
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.07ab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.07ab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
356ab
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Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-8529-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415413
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Meissen cup and saucer (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (cup color)
blue (saucer color)
flowers (overall description of decoration)
Measurements:
cup: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
saucer: 5 1/4 in; 13.335 cm
overall cup: 1 7/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 9.525 cm x 7.9375 cm
overall saucer: 1 1/8 in x 5 5/16 in; 2.8575 cm x 13.5255 cm
Object Name:
cup
saucer
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.05Aab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.05Aab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
354Aab
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-a087-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415461
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Meissen cup and saucer (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamel (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (cup color)
blue (saucer color)
flowers (overall description of decoration)
Measurements:
cup: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
saucer: 5 1/4 in; 13.335 cm
overall cup: 1 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 9.525 cm x 8.255 cm
overall saucer: 1 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 13.335 cm
Object Name:
cup
saucer
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.05Bab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.05Bab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
354Bab
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Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-d1fa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415462
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Meissen milk pot and cover (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in; 13.97 cm
overall: 5 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 13.335 cm x 12.065 cm x 9.2075 cm
Object Name:
pitcher, milk
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.08ab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.08ab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
357ab
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-d1fb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415615
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Meissen sugar bowl and cover (part of a service)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
Kakiemon (overall style)
blue (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 4 1/4 in; 10.795 cm
overall: 4 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
bowl, sugar
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1740
1740
Subject:
Manufacturing  Search this
ID Number:
1981.0702.09ab
Catalog number:
1981.0702.09ab
Accession number:
1981.0702
Collector/donor number:
358ab
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a242-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415616
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Meissen tea bowl (part of a service: Hausmaler)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
blue (overall color)
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome and gold (overall color)
Chinoiserie, Hausmaler (overall style)
Measurements:
overall: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
overall: 1 3/4 in x 3 in; 4.445 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
bowl, tea
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1720-1725
1720-1725
Credit Line:
Dr. Hans Syz
ID Number:
1987.0896.34
Catalog number:
1987.0896.34
Accession number:
1987.0896
Collector/donor number:
227A
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-ae1c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1406477
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Meissen chocolate cup and saucer (part of a service: Hausmaler)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
blue (saucer color)
garden scenes with figures (overall description of decoration)
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels and gold (overall color)
Hausmaler chinoiserie (overall style)
Measurements:
cup: 3 1/8 in; 7.9375 cm
saucer: 5 1/8 in; 13.0175 cm
overall cup: 3 1/8 in x 4 3/16 in x 2 7/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 10.63625 cm x 7.3025 cm
overall saucer: 1 in x 5 1/8 in; 2.54 cm x 13.0175 cm
Object Name:
cup, chocolate
saucer
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
ca 1720-1725
1720-1725
ID Number:
1987.0896.36ab
Catalog number:
1987.0896.36ab
Accession number:
1987.0896
Collector/donor number:
228
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9b43-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415646
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Meissen Böttger porcelain sugar box (Hausmaler)

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
chinoiserie (joint piece style)
gilt (overall production method/technique)
hard-paste Boettger porcelain (overall material)
painted in onglaze gold (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 12.065 cm
overall: 2 1/2 in x 4 13/16 in x 3 7/8 in; 6.35 cm x 12.22375 cm x 9.8425 cm
Object Name:
box, sugar
Date made:
1715-1720
ca 1715-1720
Credit Line:
Hans C. Syz Collection
ID Number:
1983.0565.67ab
Catalog number:
1983.0565.67ab
Accession number:
1983.0565
Collector/donor number:
226
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-9f44-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1415632
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Meissen cup and saucer: one of a pair

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
allegorical, Hausmalerei (overall style)
flowers (overall description of decoration)
musician (joint piece description of decoration)
blue (cup color)
blue (saucer color)
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements:
cup: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
saucer: 5 in; 12.7 cm
overall cup: 1 13/16 in x 4 in x 3 1/16 in; 4.60375 cm x 10.16 cm x 7.77875 cm
overall saucer: 1 1/16 in x 5 in; 2.69875 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
cup
saucer
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
1735-1740
ID Number:
1979.0120.10ab
Accession number:
1979.0120
Catalog number:
1979.0120.10ab
Collector/donor number:
59A
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9813-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1758071
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Meissen cup and saucer: one of a pair

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
hard-paste porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
allegorical, Hausmalerei (overall style)
shepherdess (joint piece description of decoration)
flowers (overall description of decoration)
blue (saucer color)
blue (cup color)
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements:
cup: 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm
saucer: 5 in; 12.7 cm
overall cup: 1 15/16 in x 4 in x 3 1/8 in; 4.92125 cm x 10.16 cm x 7.9375 cm
overall saucer: 1 1/8 in x 4 15/16 in; 2.8575 cm x 12.54125 cm
Object Name:
cup
saucer
Place made:
Germany: Saxony, Meissen
Date made:
1735-1740
ID Number:
1979.0120.11ab
Catalog number:
1979.0120.11ab
Accession number:
1979.0120
Collector/donor number:
59B
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
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The Hans C. Syz Collection
Meissen Porcelain: The Hans Syz Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-6007-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1760501
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Fendrick Gallery records, 1952-2001

Creator:
Fendrick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Cottingham, Robert  Search this
Castle, Wendell  Search this
Dusenbery, Walter  Search this
Brush, Daniel  Search this
Dreyfuss, John  Search this
Benes, Barton Lidic  Search this
Drake, James  Search this
KaskeyRaymond J.  Search this
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Bailey, William  Search this
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Maria da Conceição  Search this
Lalanne, François Xavier  Search this
Lalanne, Claude  Search this
Tenneson, Joyce  Search this
Summer, Carol  Search this
Raffael, Joseph  Search this
Paley, Albert  Search this
Woodyard, William  Search this
Gilliam, Sam  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Barbara Fendrick Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Account books
Photographs
Topic:
Art -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Furniture designers  Search this
Artists -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Printmakers  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6271
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216614
AAA_collcode_fendgall
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216614
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Henry Robinson Luce

Artist:
Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973  Search this
Sitter:
Henry Robinson Luce, 3 Apr 1898 - 28 Feb 1967  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 20.4 × 25.4 cm (8 1/16 × 10")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1935
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Nature & Environment\Smoke  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Male  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Communications\Publisher\Magazine  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Communications\Journalist\Reporter\Newspaper  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Communications\Publisher\Book  Search this
Henry Robinson Luce: Performing Arts\Producer\Television  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Edward Steichen
Object number:
NPG.82.84
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c5aa9d6a-2d04-433c-88c6-c82b2e4d3d7c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.82.84

Spanish Colonial Revival School Chair

Title (Spanish):
Silla en el Estilo Colonial Español
Originator:
Taos Municipal School  Search this
Maker:
Sisneros, H.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
varnish (overall material)
colonial revival (overall style)
chip-carved (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
average spatial: 33 3/4 in x 15 7/8 in x 18 1/2 in; 85.725 cm x 40.3225 cm x 46.99 cm
Object Name:
chair
Place Made:
United States: New Mexico, Taos, Taos
Date made:
1945-1946
Subject:
Tourist Trade  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Hispanic  Search this
Education  Search this
Related Publication:
Morrison, Howard. American Encounters: A Companion to the Exhibition at the National Museum of American History
ID Number:
1991.0712.01
Accession number:
1991.0712
Catalog number:
1991.0712.01
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Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
Mexican America
Art
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-cf20-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1142764

Gallery at Workbench records, 1980-1988

Creator:
Gallery at Workbench  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Topic:
Furniture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11130
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)247262
AAA_collcode_gallwork
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_247262

Boybot, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Bailey, Clayton George 1939-2020  Search this
Medium:
Aluminum and mixed media
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
San Jose Museum of Art 110 South Market San Jose California 95113 Accession Number: 2003.25.02
Date:
2000
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Architecture--Machine--Robot  Search this
Object--Furniture--Clock  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67970004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_377394

Oral history interview with Silas Kopf

Interviewee:
Kopf, Silas  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
60 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 October 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Silas Kopf conducted 2004 October 1, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Kopf speaks of growing up in Warren, Pennsylvania.; being interested in drawing as a child; getting a degree in architecture at Princeton University; visiting Richard Newman at his studio; moving to Rochester and taking classes in woodworking; working for Wendell Castle's studio and the projects they worked on at the time; trying to find his own style and deciding to make marquetry furniture; setting up his own shop; his early influences; moving to Easthampton; working at the Leeds Design Workshop; selling his early works in galleries; traveling to Italy to look at Renaissance intarsia panels; exploring portraiture and trompe l'oeil styles; choosing furniture designs; hiring assistants; taking part in the Woodworker's Alliance for Rainforest Protection; pricing his work; working on commission; and teaching workshops. Kopf also speaks of his favorite furniture pieces; participating in exhibitions; how the market and interest in studio furniture has changed; and visiting France on a fellowship. Kopf recalls George Nakashima, Stephen Proctor, James Krenov, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Silas Kopf (1949- ) is a woodworker and furniture maker from Northampton, Massachusetts. Edward S. Cooke, Jr., is an art historian and professor in New Haven, Connecticut.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 compact discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 54 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Furniture making -- Technique  Search this
Woodworkers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture designers -- Massachusetts -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kopf04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kopf04

Female figure

Maker:
Inland Niger Delta Style  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 12.2 x 19.4 x 8.5 cm (4 13/16 x 7 5/8 x 3 3/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Segou area, Mali
Date:
10th-15th century
Topic:
Funerary  Search this
furniture  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
85-1-1
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7f323cf2d-c1a8-4b24-b1b0-6bae07668837
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-1-1

Female figure

Maker:
Kamba artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, metal, pigment
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 14.6 x 6.4 x 8.2 cm (5 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Kenya
Date:
ca. 1910
Topic:
furniture  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
91-2-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7af709038-9157-4a53-9d49-2009affc79b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_91-2-1

Design Research, Inc. collection

Creator:
Design Research, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Benjamin Thompson and Associates  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Design Research, Inc.  Search this
Marimekko Oy  Search this
Thompson, Benjamin, 1918-2002  Search this
Extent:
6.5 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Writings
Press releases
Legal correspondence
Resumes
Drawings
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Speeches
Financial records
Correspondence
Date:
1953-1979
Summary:
This collection consists ofcorrespondence, scrapbooks, catalogs, brochures, original drawings, photographs, financial records, resumes, legal documents, magazine articles, business records, press releases, artwork, and samples of boxes, bags, and buttons. Files documenting the company's history include a statement of the company's philosophy and records pertaining to the establishment of new stores in various cities. Project files document the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and accessories imported and design by Design Research, Inc. Bound reprints of articles that appeared in Interiors and International Design magazines are included. Clippings and other records documenting the design and construction of D/R stores are provided in the files pertaining to Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc. Also found in these files is a printed and bound presentation copy of Thompson's address, "The Craft of Design and the Art of Building", along with other articles by and about Thompson. Additional information pertaining to D/R's association with Marimekko can be found in the Cooper- Hewitt Design Archive's Marimekko Collection.
Arrangement note:
Unprocessed. Consists of six record groups: 1) Company history; 2) Office records; 3) Project files; 4) Clippings and Scrapbooks; 5) Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc. for D/R; and 6) Photographs.
Biographical/Historical note:
Retail establishment and product design. Design Research, Inc. (D/R), founded in 1953 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by architect Benjamin Thompson, specialized in the latest post-war products for the modern home. The displays in the stores were considered unique in that they were designed at domestic scale and the products were shown in realistic, homelike arrangements.

Products were sought and selected based on the anticipated preferences of customers, not on traditional retail buying patterns. At the time, the availability of "good design" was limited to wholesale firms such as Herman Miller and Knoll. Thompson was the first to introduce the work of many European and Asian designers to the American retail market, including the work of the design firm of Marimekko for which D/R was the exclusive U.S. represenative. The company also created many of its own products including chairs manufactured by Thonet. D/R later opened stores in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Thompson's own architectural firm, Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc., designed all of the D/R stores. For the San Francisco store, Thomspon renovated the former Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Even after the stores officially closed in 1978, D/R remained a model for many merchants.
Provenance:
The materials in this collection were donated to Cooper-Hewitt in 1995 by Benjamin and Jane Thompson.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access is limited. Permission of Library Director required for use.
Topic:
Furniture design -- United States -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Retail trade -- United States  Search this
Furniture store  Search this
Display of merchandise -- United States  Search this
House furnishings -- United States  Search this
Stores, Retail -- Design  Search this
Stores, Retail -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Writings
Press releases
Legal correspondence
Resumes
Drawings
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Speeches
Financial records
Correspondence
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1997-123-2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1997-123-2

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