"Kensington Ware" Stratford Compote

Designed by Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild, American, 1898 - 1985. Made by Kensington, Inc., New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 1934 - 1965; a subsidiary of Alcoa, Pittsburgh, 1888-present.

Made in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Designed 1934

Aluminum, plastic

6 x 13 1/2 inches (15.2 x 34.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of George Kravis, 2011

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Fusing the beneficial qualities of aluminum with avant-garde forms turned objects like the Stratford Compote into powerful symbols of modernity. American industrial designer Lurelle Guild crafted the Kensington Ware line in the elegant Art Deco style, creating a series of products that conformed to the idea of “casual living” while embodying the machine-age aesthetic. According to The Story of Kensington (1955), this line covered a wide spectrum of functions including “decorative pieces that sparkle with originality” and “drinking appurtenances having that look of tomorrow that is demanded by the discriminating lot.”