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Tantalus Decanter Set: Holder, Two Decanters, Two Caps, Lock, Key

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Chromed brass, colorless and frosted glass, white metal
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1930
    DIMENSIONS 11 11/16 x 7 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (29.7 x 18.7 x 9.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Proper left underside of handle on holder, stamped: "RUSSEL WRIGHT"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions no inscription
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.247a-g
    CREDIT LINE Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Russel Wright (American, 1904-1976). Tantalus Decanter Set: Holder, Two Decanters, Two Caps, Lock, Key, ca. 1930. Chromed brass, colorless and frosted glass, white metal, 11 11/16 x 7 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (29.7 x 18.7 x 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund, 1992.247a-g. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.247a-g_bw.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION "Tantalus" decanter set; chromed brass, colorless and frosted glass. T-shaped, chromed brass holder (a) with 2 cylindrical frosted glass decanters (b, c) each with opposing 1/2 in. vertical, colorless glass strips and small cylindrical metal caps (d, e). Pierced, disk-shaped lock (f) attached to holder by metallic ball chain. Holder has circular double-coaster base attached to central squared vertical bar which rises to a flat, oblong, center-pierced movable plate which fits atop decanter caps and continues to a fixed, flat oblong metal handle. Retains original key (g). CONDITION: Overall condition is fair. Chrome plating is severely worn on top handle, decanter lids and top edge of decanter supports. Glass decanters and holder need cleaning.
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