Salt and Pepper Shakers

  • Charles Sheeler, Salt and Pepper Shakers, ca. 1935, metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edith Halpert, 1968.147A-B

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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.

Title
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Artist
Date
ca. 1935
On View
Dimensions
each: 1 1/2 x 1 x 1 in. (3.8 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Edith Halpert

Mediums
Mediums Description
metal
Classifications
Object Number
1968.147A-B
Palette
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