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Penguin Donkey Mark 2 by Ernest Race

A Mark II Penguin Donkey is an Ernest Race adaptation of the original 1939 Egon Riss/Jack Pritchard Donkey, a much curvier affair made entirely of bent plywood (there were apparently only 100 made). The Race version alters and corrupts the original modernist ambition, making it more classical, removing the quirks and making it easier and cheaper to make. The Mark II was a special offer advertised on the back of Penguin books for 6 shillings. Although it is a quintessential modernist piece, it is also one of the coffin nails, being a popularisation of the modernist aesthetic with its special offer status and flimsy self build construction. http://www.lawsonpark.org/collection/3717

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A Mark II Penguin Donkey is an Ernest Race adaptation of the original 1939 Egon Riss/Jack Pritchard Donkey, a much curvier affair made entirely of bent plywood (there were apparently only 100 made). The Race version alters and corrupts the original modernist ambition, making it more classical, removing the quirks and making it easier and cheaper to make. The Mark II was a special offer advertised on the back of Penguin books for 6 shillings. Although it is a quintessential modernist piece, it is also one of the coffin nails, being a popularisation of the modernist aesthetic with its special offer status and flimsy self build construction. http://www.lawsonpark.org/collection/3717