Estimated value: 24.000-28.000 US$
20-21st Century Design Art
Sales date: 2002-05-22
Lot number: 30
Russel Wright, New York
During the years 1929-1931, Russel and Mary Wright produced an extremely limited group of objects in silver, pewter and copper. This streamlined shaker, which the reviewer in Design wrote "[is] indicative of the speed of our age," was exhibited at the second AUDAC exhibition, held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1931. While the cylindrical, automotive shape of the vessel and cups suggests the Machine Age's fascination with swift production and chugging assembly lines, they were in fact handcrafted in the Wrights' apartment. Wright later borrowed from this form for a more commercial version in spun aluminum that he began producing in 1932.
Manufactured by Russel Wright, New York in collaboration with Edison Labs pewter each piece stamped "RUSSEL/WRIGHT" (3) 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Blanche Naylor, "American Design Progress," Design, September 1931, p. 88 Karen Davies, At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, New Haven, 1983, p. 78 Janet Kardon, ed., Craft in the Machine Age: The History of American Craft 1920-1945, New York, 1995, p. 57 (for the complete set, now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts) J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern: 1925-1940, Design for a New Age, New York, 2000, p. 120 (for the shaker and two cups in the John C. Waddell Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Donald Albrecht et. al., Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle, New York, 2001, p. 141 (for a discussion of the set)