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Ashtray

ca.1935 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Near-spherical ashtray, translucent green marbled urea formaldehyde on a black Bakelite base base. From the top section three hinged cigarette rests can be folded outwards. The base is flat and is weighted inside so the ashtray can stand.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Ashtray
  • Ashtray Cover
Materials and techniques
Compression-moulded urea formaldehyde, compression-moulded Bakelite, lead
Brief description
Spherical ashtray, urea formaldehyde; designed by Robert Conroy Robertson for Roanoid/Roxon. England, Birmingham, about 1935
Physical description
Near-spherical ashtray, translucent green marbled urea formaldehyde on a black Bakelite base base. From the top section three hinged cigarette rests can be folded outwards. The base is flat and is weighted inside so the ashtray can stand.
Dimensions
  • Height: 8.7cm
  • Diameter: 8.5cm
Style
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'MADE IN ENGLAND' (Moulded on base)
  • 'ROXON' (On lead weight inside.)
Object history
Fred Bulmer, a collector based in Leeds, Yorkshire, offered his collection of ‘plastic antiques’ to the V&A in late 1982. The Museum chose to purchase 59 objects from Bulmer the following year (for acquisition papers see MA/1/B3395). The objects were divided among the Museum’s collections according to object type: Furniture and Woodwork taking 26 objects (W.50 to 75-1983), Metalwork 18 objects (M.49 to 66-1984) and Ceramics and Glass 14 objects (C.41 to 54-1984).
Historical context
Ashtrays such as this were made as promotional items for the sports division of the Dunlop Rubber Company. From this association they earned the nickname 'Tennis Ball Ashtrays'. They were produced in several different colours, including white and pink.
Association
Bibliographic reference
p. 122 Andrea DiNoto, Art Plastic (New York, 1984)
Collection
Accession number
C.54-1984

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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