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Cocktail Set, Model 326

A work made of spun aluminum and cork.

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  • A work made of spun aluminum and cork.




Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976

About this artwork

In 1930 Russel Wright established a workshop in New York City and began producing informal serving accessories, including this cocktail service. His design reveals the great allure that streamlined forms had during the 1930s: one reviewer commented that “cylindrical and spherical forms are indicative of the speed of our age.” Wright nonetheless incorporated practical features into his design; his workshop marketed these aluminum accessories as “featherweight,” so that “even the frailest hostess finds no difficulty in handling” them. In addition, the cork feet of the glasses provide built-in coasters, while the shaker’s cork-covered neck doubles as an insulated handle. Despite Wright’s goal of reaching a wide audience through mass production, his Cocktail Set was completely handmade, and great variations exist between known examples.


On View, Gallery 264


Arts of the Americas


Russel Wright


Cocktail Set, Model 326


United States (Object made in)

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Spun aluminum and cork


Tray: 29.2 × 15.2 cm (11 1/2 × 6 in.); Shaker: 29.2 × 15.2 cm (11 1/2 × 6 in.); Cups, ea: 14.9 × 7.3 cm (5 7/8 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff

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