Tureen Designer: Stanley Tigerman (American, 1930–2019)
Fabricator: Michael Brophy (American, born 1959)
Retailer: Swid Powell (American, 1982–2001)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

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.


Sterling silver, rose quartz, and plastic


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

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Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid

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20th century


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

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

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tureens, utilitarian objects

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