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American Decorative Arts
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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
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Designer: Louis Maslow, American, 1908–1973
Manufacturer: InterMetro Industries Corporation, American, founded 1929

Utility Cart

ca. 1985

Chrome-plated steel tube and wire, plastic, rubber

39 1/16 × 26 1/8 × 20 1/4 in. (99.2 × 66.3 × 51.4 cm)
Gift of Stewart G. Rosenblum, J.D. 1974, M.A. 1974, M.Phil. 1976, Ph.D. 2010
Carts such as this one appeared in domestic environments during the 1970s and early 1980s, when “high-tech” decorating became fashionable. A reaction to the colorful, fanciful interiors of the 1960s, this aesthetic exposed structural and mechanical systems and used commercial equipment of metal, porcelain, and glass as furnishings.
Made in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
20th century

The Art Gallery purchased this cart from West Town House, a housewares store in New York, on January 30, 1986. The donor had provided funds to acquire a contemporary, American-made object available in retail stores. The cart was chosen by a team of curators from the Art gallery and graduate students from Yale University. Gift in 1986 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 273–74, no. 149, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.