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Lurelle Guild

American  [1898-1986] 

Lurelle Guild Lurelle Guild (1898 - 1986) was one of the most prolific American Designers! He designed up to 1,000 new items or modifications per year and sold his designs to firms such as Kensington, Electrolux, International Silver, Abercrombie & Fitch and Cochrane Carpets & Rugs among others. He was born in Syracuse NY and attended Syracuse University where he studied painting and mechanical drawing and design. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He started his own business, Lurelle Guild Associates, in New York in 1924. The first item designed by Lurelle Guild we ever had was a floor lamp. It took Ric about 6 months to find out who had made it and then, once he found out, he started collecting anything he could find by Lurelle Guild...including documentation...he designed bathrooms and one of them that he designed for Church Ensemble is pictured in House Beautiful's October 1933 issue. He designed a set of bar accessories for Chase and used Rockwell Kent's design to enhance the chromed boxes, champagne buckets and wine coasters. His most famous design up until now has been the 1937 Electrolux vacuum cleaner. Our goal is to bring to light as many of his designs as we can find! Aluminum was his material of choice and he designed a museum at Alcoa's New York offices. He died in Darien, CT in 1986.

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Lurelle Guild American Art Deco Cocktail Shaker Coldchester

In the fall of 1934 ALCOA (The Aluminum Company of America) introduced a line of household goods called “Kensington Ware” made from a “new aluminum alloy that produces a whiter color than pure aluminum”. Famed industrial designer Lurelle GuildLurelle Guild
American [1898-1986] 

Lurelle Guild (1898 - 1986) was one of the most prolific American Designers! He designed up to 1,000 new items or modifications per year and sold his designs to firms such as Kensington, Electrolux, International Silver, Abercrombie & Fitch and Cochrane Carpets & Rugs among others. He was born in Syracuse NY and attended Syracuse University where he studied painting and mechanical drawing and design. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He started his own business, Lurelle Guild Associates, in New York in 1924. The first item designed by Lurelle Guild we ever had was a floor lamp. It took Ric about 6 months to find out who had made it and then, once he found out, he started collecting anything he could find by Lurelle Guild...including documentation...he designed bathrooms and one of them that he designed for Church Ensemble is pictured in House Beautiful's October 1933 issue. He designed a set of bar accessories...
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(1898 – 1986) was retained to design the majority of the line. Guild designed this American art deco cocktail shaker in 1935. Dubbed the “Coldchester”, the streamline shaker (Number 7251) measures 13 1/8” high and holds 1 ½” quarts.

American Art Deco Lemonade set by Lurelle Guild for International Sterling

A very rare American Art Deco lemonade pitcher and six cups in heavy silverplate by Lurelle GuildLurelle Guild
American [1898-1986] 

Lurelle Guild (1898 - 1986) was one of the most prolific American Designers! He designed up to 1,000 new items or modifications per year and sold his designs to firms such as Kensington, Electrolux, International Silver, Abercrombie & Fitch and Cochrane Carpets & Rugs among others. He was born in Syracuse NY and attended Syracuse University where he studied painting and mechanical drawing and design. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He started his own business, Lurelle Guild Associates, in New York in 1924. The first item designed by Lurelle Guild we ever had was a floor lamp. It took Ric about 6 months to find out who had made it and then, once he found out, he started collecting anything he could find by Lurelle Guild...including documentation...he designed bathrooms and one of them that he designed for Church Ensemble is pictured in House Beautiful's October 1933 issue. He designed a set of bar accessories...
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(1898 – 1986) for International Sterling ca. 1930. The 9” high pitcher with Raffia handle has incised “speed” lines which echo the sets 4 and ½ inch cups. All seven pieces are marked on the bottom with Guild’s facsimile signature and the cartouche reading “International Giftware”. The pitcher is marked “5865”. The cups are marked “EPWM”, “5860” and bear an additional cartouche reading “IS, Triple Plate”

Six American Art Deco Canape Trays by Lurelle Guild

This set of six American art deco canapé trays was designed in 1934 by Lurelle GuildLurelle Guild
American [1898-1986] 

Lurelle Guild (1898 - 1986) was one of the most prolific American Designers! He designed up to 1,000 new items or modifications per year and sold his designs to firms such as Kensington, Electrolux, International Silver, Abercrombie & Fitch and Cochrane Carpets & Rugs among others. He was born in Syracuse NY and attended Syracuse University where he studied painting and mechanical drawing and design. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He started his own business, Lurelle Guild Associates, in New York in 1924. The first item designed by Lurelle Guild we ever had was a floor lamp. It took Ric about 6 months to find out who had made it and then, once he found out, he started collecting anything he could find by Lurelle Guild...including documentation...he designed bathrooms and one of them that he designed for Church Ensemble is pictured in House Beautiful's October 1933 issue. He designed a set of bar accessories...
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(1898 – 1986) for the Chase Brass & Copper Company.  Because guests at a cocktail function might want to “hold a cocktail, a canapé and a cigarette in one hand and shake hands with the other”, Guild designed the trays with an asymmetrically placed disc to hold the cocktail glass, space for hors d’oeuvres and a streamline winglike handle to hold the tray.  Made of chrome plated copper, the trays each measure 8 ¼” x 6 ¼”.

Lurelle Guild Five Piece American Art Deco Breakfast Set

This five piece American art deco breakfast set was designed by Lurelle GuildLurelle Guild
American [1898-1986] 

Lurelle Guild (1898 - 1986) was one of the most prolific American Designers! He designed up to 1,000 new items or modifications per year and sold his designs to firms such as Kensington, Electrolux, International Silver, Abercrombie & Fitch and Cochrane Carpets & Rugs among others. He was born in Syracuse NY and attended Syracuse University where he studied painting and mechanical drawing and design. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City. He started his own business, Lurelle Guild Associates, in New York in 1924. The first item designed by Lurelle Guild we ever had was a floor lamp. It took Ric about 6 months to find out who had made it and then, once he found out, he started collecting anything he could find by Lurelle Guild...including documentation...he designed bathrooms and one of them that he designed for Church Ensemble is pictured in House Beautiful's October 1933 issue. He designed a set of bar accessories...
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(1898 – 1986) in 1934 for the Kensington Division of Alcoa.  Guild was a pioneer of American industrial designers.  The set is made of alloy that won’t tarnish or stain.  Comprised of the # 7231 Mayfair 2 Quart 8 1/8” high pitcher, the # 7200 Mayfair 12 cup 10” high coffee server, the # 7202 Mayfair 3 1/8” high creamer, the # 7203 Mayfair 3 ¼” high sugar and the associated tray.  Distinguished by brass medallions depicting two doves and a branch.  

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