Lot 42
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Paul Lobel

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • Paul Lobel
  • An Important and Extremely Rare Cocktail Shaker
  • incised WILCOX S.P. CO./INTERNATIONALS CO./N5874 and I and S within sqaures and with firm's cypher

  • silver-plated metal and wicker


Contemporary American Industrial Art 1934, exh, cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1934, p. 14 (for listing of the prototype cocktail shaker designed by Paul Lobel, produced by International Silver Company)
"A Parade of Contemporary Achievements at The Metropolitan Museum," Arts & Decoration, December 1934, p. 13 (for illustration of the prototype cocktail shaker exhibited in Contemporary American Industrial Art, 1934)
"At Metropolitan Museum," International Silver Service, January/February 1935, p. 6  (for illustration of the prototype cocktail shaker exhibited in Contemporary American Industrial Art, 1934)
J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern 1925-1940:  Design for a New Age, New York, 2000, p. 207 (for Lobel's tea service produced by Wilcox, in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver, New Haven, 2005, pp. 111, 116 (for Lobel's tea service produced by Wilcox, in the John C. Waddell Collection)

Catalogue Note

In 1934, Paul Lobel exhibited unique prototypes of a tea service and cocktail shaker for the groundbreaking exhibition Contemporary American Industrial Art 1934 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Incorporating the use of Catalin for such details as the cover and base on the shaker, these icons of American Modernism have never been seen again. The designs were slightly modified for mass production by the Wilcox Silver Plate Company, eliminating the Catalin trim, and the shaker appears in a Wilcox salesman's catalogue as "number 5874 mixer, height 11 inches, wicker wound neck, $12." However, by 1936 the shaker had been discontinued. While there are several known examples of the tea service in public and private collections, this is the first example of the shaker to appear on the market. It probably owes its survival to being presented as a golf trophy in 1938.