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"Today" Vase

Designer:
Kem Weber (American (born Germany) Berlin 1889–1963 Ventura, California)
Manufacturer:
Friedman Silver Company (Brooklyn, New York)
Date:
1927
Medium:
Silver-plated metal
Dimensions:
H. 13-1/4, W. 3-5/8 inches (33.7 x 9.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.600.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902
Born Karl Emanuel Martin Weber in Berlin, the artist immigrated in 1914 to the United States and adopted the less Germanic name "Kem" by combining his first three initials. From 1921 to 1924, he was the art director for the Los Angeles store Barker Brothers, the largest furniture retailer in the United States. Through Barker Brothers, Weber became a prominent exponent of modern design throughout southern California. This vase is a hallmark of Weber’s streamlined style; its clean lines and long, graceful silhouette convey the popular Art Deco aesthetic.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (underside, impressed): TODAY / A / Kem Weber (within a box) DESIGN (within a triangle) J (within a diamond) [crown] (within a triangle) F / E.P.-N.S. / 1E4 / D (within a circle)
John C. Waddell, New York (by 1999–2000; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 50; lent by John C. Waddell, Promised Gift of John C. Waddell).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Bevis Hillier. The World of Art Deco. Exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts. New York, 1971, pp. 76–77, no. 219, ill. (Mrs. Kem Weber collection).



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