"Skyscraper" Cocktail Cup


William Waldo Dodge, Jr. ( American, 1895 - 1971 )

c. 1928–1931
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General Description

Made in Asheville, North Carolina, by silversmith William Waldo Dodge in the midst of Prohibition, this cocktail cup is part of a twelve-piece set that stands as one of Dodge’s few forays into the modernist idiom, as opposed to the more commercially viable Arts and Crafts or Colonial Revival styles. The set's centerpiece is a cocktail shaker (2008.48.1.A-B) that has an oversized fluted body and cone-shaped cap. The monumental silver cocktail shaker suggests a powerful missile or, as it has been dubbed in recent years, a soaring “skyscraper.” While vaguely mechanistic details suggest this cup and the other objects in the set are a product of industry, the subtle modulation of its planished surface declares it a handwrought object.

Adapted from

Samantha Robinson, DMA unpublished material, 2016.

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