Gwathmey Siegel Courtney Bud Vase for Swid Powell
A post modern silver plated bud vase designed by Robert Gwathmey and Robert H. Siegel for Swid Powell in the 1980s.
A post modern silver plated bud vase designed by Robert Gwathmey and Robert H. Siegel for Swid Powell in the 1980s.

Swid Powell Vase in Silverplate by Gwathmey Siegel

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  • Material:Silverplate
  • Color:Silver
A Courtney bud vase designed by architects Robert Gwathmey (1938–2009) and Robert H. Siegel (b. 1939) for Swid Powell in the 1980s. The post modern design in silverplate was part of Swid Powell's earliest collection of high-style ceramics, glass and metalware objects by world renowned architects including Richard Meier, Michael Graves, and Robert Venturi. Very good condition with some very minor polishing marks, measuring 7.25 in. height. Stamped © Swid Powell / GS and Silver Plated / Made in Italy on the underside of the upper rim. The Courtney vase is included in Yale University Art Gallery's collection of American Decorative Arts, Literature: Gwathmey Siegel's outline drawing for the Courtney vase is illustrated in Swid Powell: Objects by Architects, page 50. On the following page, the architects are pictured together with their vase in their Manhattan office. In reference to the design's intersection with architecture, Gwathmey explains, "The silver vase ... we've done has to do with the holder and the held, the frame and the object ... there's the opportunity for articulating these pairs as separate objects that are joined, creating a third ingredient: how the pieces come together. So, the exploitation of the joint, the interconnection, the principle and form make for a construct that is articulated in the object--as it is when you make a building." Swid Powell (1982–2001) was founded by Nan Swid and Addie Powell. The company produced stylish and utilitarian home decor objects designed principally by architects.

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