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.
- Russel Wright
- Cocktail Set, Model 326
- United States
- 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.)
- Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff