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Pair of Salts

A work made of nickel-plated copper alloy.

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  • A work made of nickel-plated copper alloy.


c. 1928


Ilonka Karasz
American, born Hungary, 1903–1984
New York

About this artwork

One of few women working in the Art Deco style in America, Ilonka Karasz favored simple geometric forms such as these cone-shaped salts, which emphasize the object’s function rather than its decoration. Karasz was born in Hungary and in 1913 immigrated to New York City, where she found success as a designer of ceramics, furniture, metalwork, textiles, and wallpaper.

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American Art, Gallery 271


Ilonka Karasz


Pair of Salts


New York City


c. 1928


Nickel-plated copper alloy


4.5 × 7.3 cm (1 3/4 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Restricted gift of Mrs. Ann P.K. Frankenthal, the Garden Club of Barrington, and the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Associates of the Woman's Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

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