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Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Designer: Robert Venturi, American, 1925–2018
Designer: Denise Scott Brown, American, born Zambia 1931
Manufacturer: Reed and Barton, American, founded 1840
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Five-Piece Place Setting

Introduced 1989

Stainless steel

Knife: 9 1/2 in. (24.13 cm)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid

Swid Powell partnered with the esteemed silver manufacturer Reed & Barton to produce flatware and serving pieces. This stainless steel place setting was designed for Swid Powell by the husband-and-wife architecture team of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. It is a playful adaptation of the classical orders: when inverted, each element becomes a column surmounted by a Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian capital. This typically postmodern appropriation literally turns the language of classical architecture on its head.

Manufactured in Japan
On view*
20th century

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

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.