Made by René Jules Lalique
Museum no. Circ.34-1970
Given by Arthur Byron
Attributed to Norman Bel Geddes
Chromium-plated metal and plastic
Museum no. M.227-1984
The cocktail is immediately associated with stylish modern living. The cocktail hour gained popularity in Britain after the First World War as the young generation rejected elaborate Edwardian dining traditions. It became the vogue among the Bright Young Things because it was novel, American and outraged their parents. Designers complemented the new fashion with strikingly modern forms.