Manhattan Cocktail Set

A work made of chrome-plated brass.

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  • A work made of chrome-plated brass.

Date:

designed 1934/35; produced c. 1939–41

Artist:

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

About this artwork

An overt allusion to New York City’s skyline, the “Manhattan” cocktail set represents the 1930s fascination with urbanity and modernity. The tall, cylindrical cocktail shaker and stemmed cups that echo the shape and design of the shaker cap were sold with Norman Bel Geddes’s stepped serving tray to create a plazalike platform on which the cocktail service could be arranged like architectural elements. Although conceived as part of a set, the tray was retailed by Revere Copper and Brass, a company established by the Boston silversmith Paul Revere, a year before the shaker and goblets were released in 1936. 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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American Art

Artist

Norman Bel Geddes

Title

Manhattan Cocktail Set

Origin

United States

Date

1939–1941

Medium

Chrome-plated brass

Inscriptions

Each piece impressed on the bottom: Revere/Rome, NY.

Dimensions

Tray: 2.5 × 36.8 × 29.2 cm (1 × 14 1/2 × 11 1/2 in.); shaker: 33 × 8.9 cm (13 × 3 1/2 in.); goblets: 11.4 × 7 cm (4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Charles C. Haffner III

Reference Number

2005.50.1-8

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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