Property of a Private Collector
comprising a lemonade pitcher, sherry pitcher, ice bucket and tongs, covered bowl, flare vase and bun warmer
spun aluminum, raffia, rattan, walnut, mirrored glass
lemonade pitcher #367, ice bucket, covered bowl, flare vase and bun warmer all marked Russel Wright
tallest: 10¼ in. (26 cm) high
Overall in good condition. The spun aluminium surfaces present with scattered scratches, indentations, dents, and areas of minor discoloration, consistent with age and gentle use. Wood surfaces present with scattered minor indentations, areas of discoloration, losses to finish, and scratches, mainly concentrated to the knobs of the lids. The raffia and rattan surfaces are in good condition, with minor areas of discoloration. The ice tongs with some minor areas of adhesive residue. The mirrored interior surface of the bowl with some minor areas of discoloration, consistent with age and use. A sleek and streamlined set by Russel Wright.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Ann Kerr, Collector's Encyclopedia of Russel Wright, Paducah, KY, 2002, pp. 38 (for the bun warmer), 42 and 53 (for the sherry pitcher), 46 (for the covered bowl) and 53 (for the lemonade pitcher)
Sarah Nichols, Aluminum by Design, New York, 2000, p. 227 (for the lemonade pitcher)
Kravis Design Center, Industrial Design in the Modern Age, Tulsa, OK, 2018, pp. 186-187 (for the bun warmer and lemonade pitcher)
William J. Hennessey, Russel Wright: American Designer, Cambridge, MA, 1983, pp. 21 (for the flare vase) and 22 (for the bun warmer)