Napier Company designs in collections, at auctions, and in exhibitions (2016)

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A. Napier Company (1922-) designs in collections

1920s

Lemon press

Napier Company. (1920-30). Lemon press with bird motif. Metal. (Accession no. 1991.302. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01968.)

Flask

Napier Company. (1925-1930). Flask. Sterling silver and cork. (Accession nos. 1990.10a-b. Viewed 20 March 2016. A00124.)

Jigger

Napier Company. (1925-39). Jigger. Silver plate. (Accession no. 83.15.16. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01951.)

Jigger

Napier Company. (1925-39). Jigger. Silver. (Accession no. 1990.1288. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02024.)

Mirror

Napier Company. (c. 1928). Mirror. Silver, mirrored glass. (Accession no. 2000.45. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00067.)


1930s

Salt and pepper shakers with spoon

Napier Company. (1930-40). "Duplex" salt and pepper shakers with spoon. Silver plate. (Accession no: 2008.20.11.A-C. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00009.)

Pair of jiggers

Napier Company. (after 1932). Pair of jiggers. (Accession no. 2004.15.2a,b. Viewed 18 July 2016. AAA00033-149.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Accession No: 2002.29.60.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00011.)

Cocktail set

Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail set, foursome [shaker]. Silver electroplate, wood. (Accession no. 1990.1682 a-e. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01939.)

Coffee service

Napier Company. (1934-35). Coffee service. (Accession no. 1986.177.0a-d. Viewed 17 July 2016. AAA00033-145.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Cocktail set

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Individual cocktail shaker with drink dial. Silver plate. (Accession no: 2007.42.7.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00010.)

Salt and pepper server

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Salt and pepper server. Silver-plated brass. (Accession nos. 1992.92.6a-c. Viewed 24 May 2016. D00146.)

Cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Individual cocktail shaker with drink dial. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2007.42.7.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00446.)

Cocktail strainer

Napier Company. (1935). Cocktail strainer. Silver-plated brass. (Accession no. 87.724.9.1. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01955.)

Cocktail spoon with graduated jigger

Napier Company. (1935). Cocktail spoon with graduated jigger. Silver-plated brass; (Accession no. 83.15.18. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01952.)

Creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (1935-40). Stacking creamer and sugar bowl. Metal. (Accession no. 1991.313 a,b. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01969.)

Cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Cocktail shaker with lid. Silver-plated metal. (Accession no. 1971-92-1-a,b. Viewed 1 January 2017. A01414.)

Cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker. Gilded silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.8.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00438.)

Cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1936). Tea or coffee pot (possibly Duplex line). Silver plate with gilding. (Accession no. 2014.48.3.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00439.)

Creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). "The Duplex" creamer and sugar bowl. Gilded silver plate. (Accession no. 2004.13.10.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00437.)

Creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (c. 1936). "The Duplex" creamer and sugar bowl. Silver plate and gold. (Accession no: 2002.29.64.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00012.)

Creamer

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). Creamer. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.165.1. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00013.)

Sugar bowl

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). Sugar bowl. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.165.2. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00014.)

Cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (1938). Cocktail shaker, rooster. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1990.1267. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02023.)

Cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1936). Cocktail shaker. (Accession no. 1987.220.1a,b. ; viewed 17 July 2016. [AAA00033-147]

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.


1940s

Cigarette case

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Cigarette case. Rose gold, silver. (Accession no. 62.107.98. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01945.)

Toothpick holder

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Toothpick holder. (Accession no. 1986.190.1. Viewed 18 July 2016. AAA00033-146.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Bar tool

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Bar tool. Accession no. 2000.94.3. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Offline; viewed 18 July 2016. [AAA00033-148]

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Spoon

Napier Company. (1949). Spoon. Silver. (Accession no. 50-12. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-16.)


1950s

Salad servers

Napier Company. (1950). Salad servers. (Accession no. 50-13A,B. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-17.)

Sugar bowl and creamer

Napier Company. (1950). Sugar bowl and creamer. (Accession no. 50-25A,B. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-18.)

Bracelet

Napier Company. (1955-83). Bracelet. Gold-plated metal. (Accession no. 1984.1534. Viewed 25 May 2016. A00701.)

Pair of earrings

Napier Company. (1955-83). Pair of earrings. Metal, plastic. (Accession no. 1984.1425AB. Viewed 25 May 2016. A00702.)

Ladle

Napier Company. (1957). Ladle. Bakelite. (Accession no. 1990.1320. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02026.)


1960s

Salad-serving fork and spoon

Napier Company. (c. 1960). Salad-serving fork and spoon. Silver plate and teak. (Accession nos. 2002.29.92.1-2. Viewed 8 March 2017. A01728-29.)


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Fork and spoon

Napier Company. (undated). Fork and spoon. Silver plate and wood. (Accession nos. 2002.29.212.1-2. Viewed 8 March 2017. A01723-24.)

  • Photos - Dallas Museum of Art (fork; spoon).

Cork holder

Napier Company. (undated). Cork holder. Silver. (Accession no. 1990.548 a-e. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01936.)


B. Selected Napier Company designs at leading auction houses


1930s

Emil A. Schuelke for The Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver-plated metal. Sotheby’s New York - Important 20th century design including the Charles M. Pratt desk and chair by Greene & Greene sale (16 DEC 2010). Viewed 9 April 2016. [B00126]

Napier Company. (c. 1934). "Foursome" cocktail shaker. Silver-plate, walnut. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00030]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Bonhams New York - 20th century decorative arts (14 DEC 2011). Viewed 8 May 2016. [D00116]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s New York - 21/21 Historical design - 21 years for the 21st century (19 DEC 2006). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00017]

Emile A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker (and two later reproductions). Silver plate. Bonhams Los Angeles - ART + DECOR (23 FEB 2015). Viewed 27 April 2016. [A00442]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Cocktail shaker in the form of a penguin. Silver plate. Sotheby’s London - European ceramics, glass, silver and vertu sale (19 OCT 2007). Viewed 4 April 2016. [A00308]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Bonhams London - Silver & objects of vertu including post-war silver (9 OCT 2007). Viewed May 2016. [D00119]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver-plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00032]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Out of the ordinary (5 SEP 2013). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00016]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00034]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Creatures, great and small (17 DEC 2014). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00016]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1930s). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Bonhams Los Angeles - 20th century decorative arts (5 OCT 2010). Viewed 8 December 2016. [A01294]

Napier Company. (c. 1930s). Three jiggers. Silver plate. Variable dimensions. Christie’s London - Christie’s interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 16 April 2016. [C00012]

Napier Company. (c. 1930s). "Tells-U-How" cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00035]


1940s

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Musical measure. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00027]

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Four jiggers. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00028]

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Pair of "swan" cocktail stick holders. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00029]

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Pair of "hedgehog" cocktail stick holders. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Christie’s Interiors - Style & Spirit (24 NOV 2015). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00031]


1950s

Napier Company. (c. 1950). Candle snuffer. Sterling silver. Accession no. 1995.8. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 27 April 2016. [A00444]


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Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Sotheby’s New York - Important silver and objects of vertu (21 APR 2016). Viewed 7 May 2016. [D00105]

Napier Company. (20th century). Pair of Napier seashell-form ashtrays. Sterling. Christie’s New York - Interiors (23-24 JUN 2015). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00018]

Napier Company. (20th century). Cocktail shaker combination corkscrew, caplifter, measure and funnel. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Corkscrews (3 MAY 2000). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00019]

Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s New York - Important American furniture, folk art, silver, prints and... (15-16 JAN 2004). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00020]

Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s New York - Maritime (1 FEB 2006). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00021]

Napier Company. (20th century). Combination corkscrew and measure. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Corkscrews (22 MAY 2001). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00022]

Napier Company. (20th century). Recipe cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Silver & plate (21 FEB 2007). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00023]

Napier Company. (20th century). A pair of penguin form cocktail shakers. Silver plate. Christie’s London - The collection of Richard Mellon Scaife (30 JUN - 1 JUL 2015). Viewed 16 April 2016. [C00013]

Napier Company. (20th century). Gavel cocktail measure. Silver plate, stained beech. Christie’s digital sales -Gentlemen’s luxury accessories: Barware, sports, travel & leisure (c. 19-29 JUL 2013). Viewed 13 April 2016. [D00033]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s New York - Maritime decorative arts (15 JAN 2009). Viewed 30 April 2016. [C00045]

Napier Company. (undated). Cocktail shaker. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction featuring property from the collection of Sir Daniel Donohue (22-23 MAY 2011). Viewed May 2016. [D00118]

Napier Company. (undated). Cocktail shaker. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset Estate Auction (6-7 FEB 2011). Viewed 8 December 2016. [A01295]

Napier Company. (undated). Plated pair of novelty sugar nips. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA Estate Auction (20-21 DEC 2009). Viewed 8 December 2016. [A01293]

Napier Company. (undated). Eight shell-form ashtrays. Sterling silver. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction (16-17 NOV 2008). Viewed 16 May 2016. [E00001]

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (undated). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Bonhams Los Angeles - 20th century decorative arts including property from the estate of Michael and Michelle Ertzan (16 APR 2012). Viewed 8 May 2016. [D00115]

The Napier Company. (undated). Cigarette case. Sterling silver. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (23-24 NOV 2008). Viewed 18 May 2016. [E00002]

Napier Company. (undated). Gentleman’s flask with telescopic cup/cap . Silver. Bonhams Los Angeles - The collection of Sir Daniel Donohue (4 APR 2011). Viewed May 2016. [D00117]

Napier Company. (undated). Cocktail shaker. Silver plate. Christie’s London - Silver & plate (9 JAN 2007). Viewed 26 April 2016. [C00024]

Napier Company. (undated). Candle snuffer. Bonhams San Francisco - ART + DECOR (25 JAN 2015). Viewed 27 April 2016. [A00441]


C. Napier Company designs in exhibitions

2000s

5 venues: 2005 - 2007. Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design. (Viewed 21 March 2016. A00140.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


2010s

2 September 2011 - 1 April 2012. 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00006.)

5 July 2013 - 6 December 2015. 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00005.)

18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017. Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail at Dallas Museum of Art. (Updated 2 December 2016. A00125; AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43.)

7 April - 20 August 2017; 30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018. The jazz age: American style in the 1920s at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; and Cleveland Museum of Art. (Viewed 8 April 2017. A02036-39; A02766.)



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