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"Manhattan" Cocktail Cup

Designer:
Norman Bel Geddes (American, Adrian, Michigan 1893–1958 New York)
Manufacturer:
Revere Copper and Brass Company, Rome, NY
Date:
1936
Medium:
Chrome-plated brass
Dimensions:
H. 4-1/2, Diam. 2-1/2 inches (11.4 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.537.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902
An overt allusion to New York's skyline, the Manhattan cocktail set represents the 1930s fascination with urbanity and modernity. The tall, cylindrical cocktail shaker and its accompanying stemmed cups can be arranged like architectural elements on the stepped serving tray, which provides a plazalike platform. 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.
Marking: (impressed on underside): Revere / ROME / N.Y.
John C. Waddell, New York (until 1998; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 85).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 27–July 20, 2003, unnumbered cat. (pl. 32.5).

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 15, 2003–January 4, 2004, unnumbered cat.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 13–July 5, 2004, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 19, 2004–January 9, 2005, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.

Donald J. Bush. The Streamlined Decade. New York, 1975, p. 141, fig. 133 (unknown collection).

Alastair Duncan. American Art Deco. New York, 1986, p. 87, ill. (Brooklyn Museum collection).

Alastair Duncan. Art Deco. London, 1988, p. 77, ill. (Brooklyn Museum collection).

Stephen Visakay. Vintage Bar Ware: Identification and Value Guide. Paducah, Ky., 1997, pp. 84–85, 87–88, 91, ill. (color; Stephen Visakay collection).

Jeannine Falino in Art Deco 1910–1939. Ed. Charlotte Benton et al. Exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2003, pp. 346, 440 n. 14, p. 453, colorpl. 32.5.



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