American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
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Designer: Stanley Tigerman, American, born 1930
Fabricator: Michael Brophy, American, born 1959
Retailer: Swid Powell, founded 1982

Tureen

1990

Sterling silver, rose quartz, and plastic

Overall: 29.2 x 49.5 x 19.1 cm (11 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid
2011.200.130

Swid Powell specialized in producing everyday housewares designed by architects. In 1989 the company’s cofounders, Nan Swid and Addie Powell, asked a small group of architects to create ambitious designs for a special line of luxurious, limited-edition objects. This line was unveiled in 1990 as the Architect’s Collection. Stanley Tigerman contributed the design for this tureen, which was fabricated by the silversmith Michael Brophy. Tigerman’s tureen conflates two of his earlier series for Swid Powell, one that included angels and one that transformed tabletop items into miniature buildings raised up on spherical feet. In keeping with the over-the-top sensibility of the Architect’s Collection, Tigerman exaggerated his references; the simple, spherical feet became a line of rose quartz balls, while the handles became pairs of angel wings. The end result is equally opulent and whimsical.

Geography: 
Fabricated in Carlyle, Massachusetts
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metal
Status: 
On view
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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