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Allegories of the Arts
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Allegories of the Arts 1927–1930

Adrian Paul Allinson (1890–1959)

Furniture Collection

The decorative style of the 1920s and 1930s. The name was derived from the first major exhibition of decorative arts after the Great War, 'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes', held in Paris in 1925. The characteristic shapes of Art Deco were geometric or stylized, derived from the modernist forms of Art Nouveau. The style could be seen in the glass of René Lalique and Daum Frères, silver by Georg Jensen, and ceramics by Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper.

Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke


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