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Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Designer: Michael Graves, American, 1934–2015
Manufacturer: Reed and Barton, American, founded 1840
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Salad Serving Set


Silver plate

11 in. (27.94 cm)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid

Swid Powell partnered with the esteemed silver manufactuerer Reed & Barton to produce flatware and serving pieces. This salad serving set was designed by architect Michael Graves and exhibits a few attributes common to Postmodern architecture. The bowls and handles, for instance, are geometric shapes that are almost comical in scale. The handles are decorated with a flat, overall pattern that ironically evokes Victorian floral textiles and late nineteenth-century chased silver.

Designed in Princeton, New Jersey
Manufactured in Taunton, Massachusetts
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

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