Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ernest Sohn "Guitar and Drum" Enameled Metal and Walnut Ashtray and Coaster Set

This Ernest Sohn designed set features a stylized orange guitar and white drum design. The set consists of one large ashtray and four coasters. The ashtray is genuine walnut with an enameled metal insert and marked, "Genuine walnut designed by Ernest Sohn" on the bottom. The four coasters are enameled metal, with the same guitar and drum motif as the ashtray.

Don't smoke? Neither do we. The ashtray would also make a great cheese server especially for soft cheeses.

This set has a really cool 50's, beatnik vibe. Maynard G. Krebs would have, like, totally dug this, man.

The enamel shows some crazing from underneath, but overall the items are in really wonderful condition. The orange on the guitar is quite vibrant.

Ashtray: 8.5"D X 1"H
Coasters: 4"D

Available on our Etsy shop.

About Ernest Sohn

Sohn was a prolific giftware designer throughout the 50's and 60's. Some of his early work can be seen in the "Circus" and "Menagerie" lines from Glidden.

"Circus", designed by Ernest Sohn, from Glidden
"Menagerie", designed by Ernest Sohn, from Glidden

From about 1945 to 1951, Sohn worked for Rubel & Co. In 1951, Ernest Sohn Associates was formed where he manufactured and displayed his own designs. Sohn's designs used mixed media of wood, ceramic and metal.

Around the mid-fifties, Ernest Sohn Creations was formed. Many of the pieces you find today are marked with the Ernest Sohn Creations tag.

Throughout the 1950's, Sohn's work was given "Good Design" awards by MOMA.

Ernest Sohn Creations pieces were sold into the 1970's and could be found at many local department stores. This is why you can often find Sohn pieces at local thrift and consignment stores, even in smaller rural towns.

Sohn's creations were innovative, creative, graceful and brought beauty and style into the everyday home.

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