Spherical model made out of stiff paper, circa 1940s/1950s, the black lines printed onto the paper and the shape held together with small cut paper flaps; contained in a blue Tiffany's box with the pre-printed mailing label of Fuller's Philadelphia office, and addressed to his Pacific Palisades residence
sphere approximately 4 1/2 inches in diameter
An identical 'Truncated icosahedron' paper model is in the R. Buckminster Fuller Papers collection at Stanford University.
The truncated icosahedron shape is directly related to that of the Geodesic Dome or Sphere, which Fuller became famous for developing in the 1940s (specifically with Kenneth Snelson in 1948 and 1949 at Black Mountain College). Also, this shape, as it appears in the buckminsterfullerene carbon molecule (discovered and named in his honor in the 1980s), is known as a "buckyball".
together with ;
solid wood model, presumably not made by Fuller but from his collection (see 'Provenance' below)
3 1/2 x 5 inches - See Images Below
Both works from the collection of Buckminster Fuller
(purchased by the previous owner from the Fuller family at Buckminster Fuller's residence in Pacific Pallisades, CA)