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Plaque

Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Saint Helens, England (made)

  • Date:

    1933-1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pollitzer, Sigmund, born 1913 - died 1982 (designer)
    Pilkingtons Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sand-blasted glass

  • Museum number:

    C.230-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, room 131, case 31, shelf 2

  • Image in copyright

Early 20th century Paris was gripped by a passion for all things ‘African’ and celebrated aspects of Black culture through music, art and design. This interest in the exotic contributed to the development of the design style known as Art Deco. Art Deco artists and designers were also influenced by the African objects which had begun to appear in European homes and exhibitions. They attempted to replicate aspects of African design through using bold colour palettes and strong abstract or geometric patterns.

The Art Deco style was picked up by artists and designers in Britain where this sand-blasted glass panel was produced. In its bold design of a silhouetted African woman in profile, alongside a simplified strand of foliage, the panel typifies many of the features associated with Art Deco. Modern manufacturing techniques, such as those pioneered by Pilkington Glass, the maker of this piece, made the design style accessible to a broader range of people.

Physical description

Sand-blasted black and grey glass plaque featuring bold design of a silhouetted African woman in profile, alongside a simplified strand of foliage

Place of Origin

Saint Helens, England (made)

Date

1933-1938 (made)

Artist/maker

Pollitzer, Sigmund, born 1913 - died 1982 (designer)
Pilkingtons Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Sand-blasted glass

Dimensions

Width: 35.8 cm maximum

Object history note

Sigmund Pollitzer designed sand-blasted decorative glass panels for the 'Glass Age Train' in 1937. Earlier, Pilkington exhibited black glass panels (black vitrolite) at the 'British Art in Industry' exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1935.

Descriptive line

Plaque, Britain (St Helens), designed by Sigmund Pollitzer, at Pilkington Ltd, 1933-1938

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

V&A.M/Arts Council: Thirties cat 4.143

Labels and date

Sigmund Pollitzer (1913-82) was chief designer at Pilkington 1933-38. A painter and writer as well as a designer of decorative glass for architectural and domestic interiors. It is not known if this panel was made for a particular scheme or simply speculatively.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Sand-blasting

Categories

Glass; Black History

Collection code

CER

Qr_O3548
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