Visually, this whimsical salt and pepper set bridges the gap between a sculpture by Hans Arp and Al Capp’s curious cartoon “shmoo” characters, reflecting the delight with soft, curving forms in art from high to low. Just as important from a design point of view, however, is the relationship of these objects to the hand that holds them, and their function as shakers. The lower body of the shaker fits snugly in the palm of the hand, the forefinger wraps around the neck, and seasonings are cast effortlessly from the head.
ca. 1945 (design); ca. 1946 (produced)
Gift of the artist
Salt shaker, glazed earthenware, part of "Town and Country" dinner service, 85.75.5-.25. Animal-like, bimorphic form suggesting body with tilted head; pouring read as face. Orange glaze.
CONDITION: Normal wear.
This item is not on view
Red Wing Pottery (active 1936-1967). Salt Shaker, ca. 1945 (design); ca. 1946 (produced). Glazed earthenware, 3 x 1 1/2 in. (7.6 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 85.75.9. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.75.9_bw.jpg)
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