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Cocktail Glass, One of Eight

Decorative Arts

From 1920 to 1933, Prohibition, the United States government's vain attempt to ban alcoholic manufacturing and consumption, forced American to drink at home. This restriction led to a new social event, the cocktail party, and is accessories, the cocktail table and the cocktail shaker. This sleek cocktail set was made of a then-new material, chrome-plated metal, and the modern American icon, the skyscraper, inspired its design.

MEDIUM Chrome-plated metal
  • Place Manufactured: Rome, New York, United States
  • DATES 1937
    DIMENSIONS 4 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (11 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
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    SIGNATURE no signature
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    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 83.108.7
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958). Cocktail Glass, One of Eight, 1937. Chrome-plated metal, 4 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (11 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 83.108.7. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cocktail Glass, chrome-plated metal. Stem glass made from three separate metal parts: round, flat base into the middle of which is inserted a thin cylindrical shaft which carries a short cylindrical ribbed bowl. Condition: Numerous surface scratches, some pitting and scuffs. Loose base and has small brown spot in center of cup.
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