Cocktail Set, Model 326

A work made of spun aluminum and cork.

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  • A work made of spun aluminum and cork.

Date:

1930

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 264

Artist

Russel Wright

Title

Cocktail Set, Model 326

Origin

United States

Date

1930

Medium

Spun aluminum and cork

Dimensions

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.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff

Reference Number

2009.1035.1-8

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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