The ashtray is composed as a pyramid of three inverted, triangular boxes. Two sit flush, side by side. The third sits atop the meeting point of the other two, forming a tower. A semicircle is cut out of the exterior edge of one of the lower boxes.
Early history unknown; by 1985, owned by Alan Moss (dealer), New York, New York; 1985, sold by Alan Moss to John Axelrod, Boston, Massachusetts; 2008, given by John Axelrod to the MFA (Accession Date: December 17, 2008)
The John Axelrod Collection
designed about 1927; made 1927–1931