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Salt and Pepper Shakers

ca. 1935 Charles Sheeler Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883 Died: Dobbs Ferry, New York 1965 metal each: 1 1/2 x 1 x 1 in. (3.8 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Edith Halpert 1968.147A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


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During the Depression, Charles Sheeler worked in the industrial design field, designing glass tumblers and metal tableware. Salt and Pepper Shakers reflects his belief that such objects should be simple and functional. The sharp, precise edges culminating in rounded corners are very much in line with American modernism, in which Sheeler played a large role. The set has been compared to Shaker stoves and Ford cars, both objects that interested Sheeler in his celebration of industrial products as objects of aesthetic value.

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decorative arts

metal