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The bold geometric design of our Deskey Deco Watch is based on an elegant silver-leafed wood cigarette box created by Art Deco artist Donald Deskey (American, 1894 1989). In 1928 the short- lived but important American Designers' Gallery opened in New York and introduced consumers to modern interiors and furnishings by designers, one of whom was Donald Deskey. The Minnesota- born Deskey was a multitalented and innovative furniture, interior, graphic and industrial designer, designing some of America's most iconic logos and symbols.

Quartz movement. Alloy and stainless steel case. Black plastic band. Case: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/4''W. Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''L.

  • Alloy and stainless steel case
  • Black plastic band
  • Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''LCase: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/4''W
  • Water resistant case

Art History

THE CURATOR'S VIEW: ART DECO
Jared Goss
Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Today a catch- all label for the enormous range of decorative arts and architecture created internationally between the world wars, Art Deco had its origins in France during the first quarter of the twentieth century, reaching its high point at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. While more than 20 foreign countries were invited to participate, the principal goal of this government-sponsored exhibition was to re-establish France as the world leader in the luxury trades, a position it traditionally held. Prominent among the invitees, America declined to participate because a national panel of design experts felt that the country was unable to meet the exhibitions requirement allowing only works of new inspiration and real originality. Many American designers visited the fair, however, observing, studying, and taking away ideas that would lead to the development of a distinct American Art Deco style. From the day the 1925 Paris exhibition closed, well-established French Art Deco and fledgling American Art Deco each evolved along quite different lines, reflecting their respective cultures.

French Art Deco designsoften one-of- a-kind decorative pieces handmade from luxurious materialswere usually conceived with a rich connoisseur in mind. A key figure of French Art Deco was Jean Dunand (French, born in Switzerland, 1877 1942), perhaps the most renowned European lacquer artist of the twentieth century. Though trained first as a sculptor and later as a metal smith (he excelled at the traditional art of dinanderie, or hand-raised metal work) in 1912 he began studying with Seizo Sugawara, a Japanese lacquer artist living in Paris, and became one of the earliest Westerners to master the secrets of this ancient Japanese technique. His striking lacquered metal vase, which exemplifies his skill as both a metalworker and a lacquerer, is a masterpiece of French Art Deco design and a jewel of the Museums collection.

In America, the Art Deco aesthetic evolved along more practical lines, in great part influenced (after 1929) by a Depression-era mentality. American designers did not to create for the elite, but instead worked hand-in-hand with industry, applying the new style to mass-produced products aimed at the middle class. Seeking a modern voice, Americans looked to their immediate surroundings, particularly the shapes of urban life, epitomized by the jagged outline of a city skyline. Uniquely American, skyscrapers presented the ultimate in cool glamour (despite the fact that very few people could afford to live in a city penthouse) that suggested strength, daring, and a faith in the future. Designers applied the sleek elegance of this potent image to a wide range of products in an attempt to evoke an idealized, carefree, and even luxurious lifestyle that served as an antidote to the realities of the depression, exemplified in Donald Deskeys high- style cigarette box.

These two piecesthe Dunand vase and the Deskey box brilliantly showcase the very different paths that Art Deco design took in France and America; the Metropolitans Art Deco holdings include masterpieces from both countries. The Museum began collecting French Art Deco in the early 1920s with pieces acquired either from the 1925 Paris Exposition or directly from French designers such as mile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Se et Mare, Armand- Albert Rateau, and Ren-Jules Lalique. Important works by celebrated American designers, such as Gilbert Rohde, Paul Frankl, Norman Bel Geddes, and Walter Dorwin Teague, are also well- represented in the Museum. We are gratified to share with you treasures from one of the most important Art Deco collections anywhere in the world.

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Description

The bold geometric design of our Deskey Deco Watch is based on an elegant silver-leafed wood cigarette box created by Art Deco artist Donald Deskey (American, 1894 1989). In 1928 the short- lived but important American Designers' Gallery opened in New York and introduced consumers to modern interiors and furnishings by designers, one of whom was Donald Deskey. The Minnesota- born Deskey was a multitalented and innovative furniture, interior, graphic and industrial designer, designing some of America's most iconic logos and symbols.

Quartz movement. Alloy and stainless steel case. Black plastic band. Case: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/4''W. Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''L.





  • Alloy and stainless steel case
  • Black plastic band
  • Band: adjusts from 6 1/4'' to 8''LCase: 1 3/4''L x 1 1/4''W
  • Water resistant case




Art History

THE CURATOR'S VIEW: ART DECO
Jared Goss
Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Today a catch- all label for the enormous range of decorative arts and architecture created internationally between the world wars, Art Deco had its origins in France during the first quarter of the twentieth century, reaching its high point at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. While more than 20 foreign countries were invited to participate, the principal goal of this government-sponsored exhibition was to re-establish France as the world leader in the luxury trades, a position it traditionally held. Prominent among the invitees, America declined to participate because a national panel of design experts felt that the country was unable to meet the exhibitions requirement allowing only works of new inspiration and real originality. Many American designers visited the fair, however, observing, studying, and taking away ideas that would lead to the development of a distinct American Art Deco style. From the day the 1925 Paris exhibition closed, well-established French Art Deco and fledgling American Art Deco each evolved along quite different lines, reflecting their respective cultures.

French Art Deco designsoften one-of- a-kind decorative pieces handmade from luxurious materialswere usually conceived with a rich connoisseur in mind. A key figure of French Art Deco was Jean Dunand (French, born in Switzerland, 1877 1942), perhaps the most renowned European lacquer artist of the twentieth century. Though trained first as a sculptor and later as a metal smith (he excelled at the traditional art of dinanderie, or hand-raised metal work) in 1912 he began studying with Seizo Sugawara, a Japanese lacquer artist living in Paris, and became one of the earliest Westerners to master the secrets of this ancient Japanese technique. His striking lacquered metal vase, which exemplifies his skill as both a metalworker and a lacquerer, is a masterpiece of French Art Deco design and a jewel of the Museums collection.

In America, the Art Deco aesthetic evolved along more practical lines, in great part influenced (after 1929) by a Depression-era mentality. American designers did not to create for the elite, but instead worked hand-in-hand with industry, applying the new style to mass-produced products aimed at the middle class. Seeking a modern voice, Americans looked to their immediate surroundings, particularly the shapes of urban life, epitomized by the jagged outline of a city skyline. Uniquely American, skyscrapers presented the ultimate in cool glamour (despite the fact that very few people could afford to live in a city penthouse) that suggested strength, daring, and a faith in the future. Designers applied the sleek elegance of this potent image to a wide range of products in an attempt to evoke an idealized, carefree, and even luxurious lifestyle that served as an antidote to the realities of the depression, exemplified in Donald Deskeys high- style cigarette box.

These two piecesthe Dunand vase and the Deskey box brilliantly showcase the very different paths that Art Deco design took in France and America; the Metropolitans Art Deco holdings include masterpieces from both countries. The Museum began collecting French Art Deco in the early 1920s with pieces acquired either from the 1925 Paris Exposition or directly from French designers such as mile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Se et Mare, Armand- Albert Rateau, and Ren-Jules Lalique. Important works by celebrated American designers, such as Gilbert Rohde, Paul Frankl, Norman Bel Geddes, and Walter Dorwin Teague, are also well- represented in the Museum. We are gratified to share with you treasures from one of the most important Art Deco collections anywhere in the world.



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