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Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Designer: Robert A. M. Stern, American, born 1939
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Pitcher

1986

Silver plate

11 1/4 × 6 1/4 × 10 in. (28.575 × 15.875 × 25.4 cm)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid
2011.200.16

Robert A. M. Stern became known for his reinterpretations of traditional architecture, ranging from nineteenth-century shingle cottages to Art Moderne skyscrapers. This pitcher by Stern for Swid Powell explores classical shapes. The body of the vessel is a Doric column; the top of the capital swells out on one side to form the spout. The solidity of the vessel is countered by the scroll handle that lyrically arcs upward.

Geography: 
Made in Italy
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

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.