Jan 27, 2022 - Sale 2593

Sale 2593 - Lot 173

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200


Pair of diorama boxes.
Weaving Blankets, Navajo * Cultivating Tobacco, Delaware. Both painted plaster or clay scenes behind glass, inside a painted wooden box. Both approximately 216x330x254 mm; 8 1/2x13x10 inches. Both commissioned by the Museum Extension Project, WPA, District 5, with the printed label on the top of the box. Circa 1936-40.

Operating in 23 states, the Museum Expansion Project of the WPA provided educational visual aids to schools, libraries, local museums, and other similar institutions. The MEP produced sets of dolls clothed in traditional cultural and historical costumes, sets of illustrative prints, and many craft items including models of agricultural and industrial implements, miniature furniture and these boxed dioramas scenes. Many of the artists and craftspeople working for the MEP went unattributed.