Guille English Sterling Silver 1939 Tray in Mid-Century Modern Style
Peter Guille English sterling silver tray or platter from 1939 in Mid-Century Modern style with a beautiful, geometric, and curvilinear design. It measures 14 7/8'' in length by 10 1/4'' in width by 3/4'' in height, weighs 33.4 troy ounces, and bears hallmarks as shown.
Peter Guille (1911-1970), a New York silversmith and art curator, served as director of Clark Art Institute from 1953 to 1966. He headed the Peter Guille Ltd. Silversmith Company in New York from 1936 to 1953, and Peter Guille Associates from 1953 to 1966. The firm both manufactured and retailed silver. Mr. Guille also served as vice president of Crichton & Co. and was vice president of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation at his death. Crichton & Co. was established around 1890 by Lionel Alfred Crichton. In 1920 the firm was active with premises in London (22 Old Bond street), New York (636 Fifth Avenue) and Chicago (622 South Michigan Avenue). The firm went out of business in the 1950s. The British Museum has Crichton pieces in its permanent collection.
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