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Modernist Compote Compote

This is a Compote. It was manufactured by Reed & Barton. It is dated 1928. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In 1928 Reed and Barton introduced the Modernist group, the company’s first experiment in modern design, including smoking accessories and tablewares in sterling, silver plate, and pewter. One advertisement purported, Modernist pieces were “something that can be used, rather than merely admired.”[1] This promotion boasts the product’s functional as well as artistic assets. While other forms in the line, such as the candelabrum, looked to designs coming out of the Wiener Wekstatte in Austria, the compote shared the visual vocabulary of French moderne and resembled a similar classically-inspired tazza by the French silversmith Jean Puiforcat with a stepped base, ribbed columnar stem, and wide smooth bowl.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Server (USA)
  • silver-plated brass.
  • Gift of Daniel Morris and Denis Gallion.
  • 1993-134-14
  • Dish
  • silver.
  • Gift of Denis Gallion and Daniel Morris.
  • 1994-118-8

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 9.5 × 20.3 cm (3 3/4 in. × 8 in.)

Cite this object as

Modernist Compote Compote; Manufactured by Reed & Barton (United States); silver; H x diam.: 9.5 × 20.3 cm (3 3/4 in. × 8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-25

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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