Salt and Pepper Shakers

Copied Charles Sheeler, Salt and Pepper Shakers, ca. 1935, metal, each: 1 1211 in. ( cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edith Halpert, 1968.147A-B

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Salt and Pepper Shakers
ca. 1935
each: 1 1211 in. ( cm)
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Gift of Mrs. Edith Halpert
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Artwork Description

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.