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Four boxes made from urea formaldehyde, 1930s.

Exton, David

Four boxes made from urea formaldehyde, 1930s.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Examples of plastic boxes designed by the Andorran master carver, Eduard Fornells i Marco (1887-c 1942) and produced by Editions Fornells in Paris c 1930. Anticlockwise from top left, they are: a white ten-sided box and moulded lid decorated with the head of Pan and a girl wreathed in ivy; an octagonal box with an Arabian oasis scene moulded into the lid; a circular imitation ivory powder box decorated with flowers; an octagonal box of imitation ebony, with a moulded lid of two female nudes and a fawn amid a forest.

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