Three-Panel Art Deco Screen
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This Art Deco screen was created by American interior designer Donald Deskey (1894-1989) in 1928 for the Glendon Allvine residence in Long Beach, New York. Deskey had been influenced by European Art Deco and utilized the concepts in a variety of ways. He was commissioned to design the interior of New York’s Radio City Music Hall. In addition he did commercial designs such as the bullseye on Tide detergent products and the packaging for Crest toothpaste. The screen made by Deskey’s firm, Deskey-Vollmer Inc, is oil on canvas with metal leaf and wood. It’s part of the holdings of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
Glendon Allvine (1893-1977) was a writer, a film producer at RKO and a publicity director for Fox Films. fascinated by modern architectural trends, he built a home on Long Island which was described as “America’s First Modernistic Home” (I was unable to locate any images of this house). Deskey, among others, was involved in the interior design of the house.
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