Lot 50
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Paul Lobel

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • Paul Lobel
  • An Important and Extremely Rare Cocktail Shaker
  • impressed WILCOX S.P. CO./INTERNATIONALS CO./N5874, I and S within squares 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 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 the prototype exhibited in Contemporary American Industrial Art, 1934)
"At Metropolitan Museum," International Silver Service, January/February 1935, p. 6 (for the prototype 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 and 116 (for Lobel's tea service produced by Wilcox, in the John C. Waddell Collection)
John Stuart Gordon, A Modern World:  American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920-1950, New Haven, 2011, p. 267

Catalogue Note

The prototypes of both this cocktail shaker designed by Paul Lobel and a tea service, also designed by Lobel, were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1934 exhibition, Contemporary American Industrial Art, in New York.  Catalin trim in these prototypes (such as the base and cover of this cocktail shaker) was eliminated in the production versions.  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.  Only one other example of this cocktail shaker is known to exist.  Engraved to serve as a golf trophy, it sold at Sotheby's New York, June 16, 2010, lot 42.