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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)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection

designed about 1927; made 1927–1931

Object Place

New York, New York


Overall: 8.57 x 10.16 x 5.08 cm (3 3/8 x 4 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Chrome-plated metal




Decorative arts