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Pepper Shaker

Red Wing Pottery, Eva Zeisel

Decorative Arts

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.
MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
DATES Designed ca. 1945; production began ca. 1946
DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 2 in. (11.4 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signnature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
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CAPTION Red Wing Pottery (active 1936-1967). Pepper Shaker, Designed ca. 1945; production began ca. 1946. Glazed earthenware, 4 1/2 x 2 in. (11.4 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 85.75.10. Creative Commons-BY
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Pepper Shaker