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  • We acquired this object.

1923

  • Work on this object began.

1933

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2017

Cocktail Shaker With Tray, ca. 1928

This is a Cocktail shaker with tray. It was designed by Kai Fisker and manufactured by A. Michelsen. It is dated ca. 1928. Its medium is sterling silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

While most of the Danish architect Karl Fisker’s forays into silver exhibited swooping curves and graceful forms reminiscent of art nouveau, this cocktail tray and shaker stand in stark contrast; the shaker takes the form of a fluted column while the tray, also fluted at its edges, takes the form of a stylized and corrugated cog wheel. A melding of classicism and machine age aesthetics, this cocktail shaker represents a highpoint of Danish silvermaking in the interwar period. In 1928, House and Garden illustrated this reeded cocktail shaker and tray. The copy noted that the architect and interior designer Eugene Schoen had imported the set for sale in his New York store.[1] Schoen, active in introducing New Yorkers to European modernisms, had set up his business at 115 East 60th Street, where he displayed full model rooms for consumers to imagine how his retail fantasies could become a domestic reality. This important retail link cements this cocktail shaker and tray’s appeal for the modern American consumer.

It is credited Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam. (shaker): 22.9 × 8.3 cm (9 in. × 3 1/4 in.) Diam. (tray): 22.9 cm (9 in.)

It has the following markings

"1921 – 28 OKTOBER – 1946/KAY FISKER/ Helle-Vibeke/NIELS-HELGE/1946" with various hallmarks, impressed on bottom of shaker; "KAY FISKER/925S/1946"/"AM" in shield and other hallmarks, impressed on bottom of tray

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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