American Decorative Arts
PrevNext1 of 4
Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Full-size image not available for download. Please contactRights and Reproductions.
PrevNext2 of 4
Full-size image not available for download. Please contactRights and Reproductions.
PrevNext3 of 4
Full-size image not available for download. Please contactRights and Reproductions.
PrevNext4 of 4
Full-size image not available for download. Please contactRights and Reproductions.
Designer: Stanley Tigerman, American, 1930–2019
Fabricator: Michael Brophy, American, born 1959
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Tureen

1990

Sterling silver, rose quartz, and plastic

11 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (29.21 x 49.53 x 19.05 cm)
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.

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Geography: 
Fabricated in Carlyle, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Swid Powell, New York, 1990–2001; Nan G. Swid, New York, 2001–11; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

John Stuart Gordon, “Extreme Elegance: Stanley Tigerman’s Tureen for Swid Powell,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2014): 32–35, fig. 1.

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.