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"Manhattan" Cocktail Set

A work made of chrome-plated brass.

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  • A work made of chrome-plated brass.


Designed 1934–35; produced c. 1939–41


Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893–1958)
Manufactured by Revere Copper and Brass Company (American, founded 1801)
Rome, New York

About this artwork

An overt reference to New York City’s skyline, the “Manhattan” cocktail set represents the 1930s fascination with all things modern and urban. The tall, cylindrical cocktail shaker and stemmed cups that echo the shape and design of the shaker cap were sold with a stepped serving tray on which the cocktail service could be arranged like architectural elements. The shaker seen here is the second of two versions and was advertised as “party-size” because of its slightly larger dimensions.


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Arts of the Americas


Norman Bel Geddes (Designer)


"Manhattan" Cocktail Set


Rome (Object made in)

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Made 1939–1941


Chrome-plated brass


Each piece struck on bottom: "Revere / Rome, NY".


Tray: 1.5 × 37 × 29.3 cm (5/8 × 14 5/8 × 11 9/16 in.); Shaker: 33.4 × 8.1 × 8.5 cm (13 3/16 × 3 1/4 × 3 3/8 in.); Goblets (each, irregular): 11.3 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm (4 1/2 × 2 9/16 × 2 9/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Charles C. Haffner III

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