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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Designer: Ettore Sottsass, Italian, 1917–2007
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Prototype pitcher



8 × 7 × 3 in. (20.32 × 17.78 × 7.62 cm)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid
The Italian architect Ettore Sottsass was a founding member of the Memphis Group and a leader of the Postmodern style. Sottsass made this wooden prototype pitcher for Swid Powell, but it did not go into production. The angular forms and self-consciously clunky composition were typical of Sottsass’s ceramics, although it is unknown if Sottsass intended this design to be produced in ceramic, glass, or metal. The prototype has graphite markings showing the center point and intended thickness of the walls.
Designed in Milan, Italy
20th century

Swid Powell, New York, by 2001; Nan G. Swid, New York, 2001–2011; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2011

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