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Overall H: 77.5 cm, Diam (max): 122.4 cm
On Display
about 1938
Web Description: 
This futuristic table presages "Jet Age" designs of the 1950s and 1960s, yet it clearly comes from an American Art Deco tradition. It was specially made for the "Town of Tomorrow" exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.
Corning Inc., Former Collection
Sedlak, Helen, Source
Acid etched b) near top
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Colorless plate glass top; colorless cylinders, black base, circular top with edge appearing black (due to thickness) supported by three large cylinders with black rubber gasket at top and bottom on top of two part base consisting of colorless disk atop larger black disk.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 2012-04-14 through 2012-08-19
Carnegie Museum of Art 2012-10-13 through 2013-03-04
New Orleans Museum of Art 2013-04-14 through 2013-08-04
Mint Museum of Art 2013-09-22 through 2014-01-19
This groundbreaking exhibition explores the ingenuity and craftsmanship of decorative arts made for world’s fairs, from the London Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 to the New York World’s Fair in 1939. During this period, the fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living, democratizing design as never before. Inventing the Modern World showcases approximately 200 examples of the most extraordinary works of furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry produced by leading international artists and firms, including Lalique, Herman Miller, Sèvres, and Tiffany. These exceptional and singular objects—some never before seen in the United States—represent the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements of their time. Inventing the Modern World breaks new ground in its exploration of innovation in decorative arts.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939 (2012) illustrated, p. 237, fig. 15; p. 270 Cat. 182; BIB# 127371
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) illustrated, pp. 186-187, #54; BIB# AI5243