Kensington Dish

Arts and crafts period
1908–36
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Maker Herbert A. Taylor (active 1908–1937)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

1.8 x 15 cm (11/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.243

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Probably form-pressed on wood, this shallow flat-bottomed bowl has nine chased panels and is divided by flutes, creating a subtle scalloped effect.


The inspiration for this design came from Stone’s study of work at London’s South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum). A popular pattern, the Kensington dish was offered in various sizes to suit different needs and budgets.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / Sterling / T” struck near edge.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund