Vintage Richard Meier for Swid Powell Silver Plated Bowl
A vintage 10 inch silver-plated bowl designed by Richard Meier for Swid Powell in 1983
A vintage 10 inch silver-plated bowl designed by Richard Meier for Swid Powell in 1983

Vintage Richard Meier for Swid Powell Silver Plated Bowl

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A Modernist bowl with a band of openwork squares, a motif favored by Josef Hoffmann and the Weiner Werkstätte, designed in silver plate by American architect Richard Meier (b. 1934) for Swid Powell in 1983. The modernist fruit bowl was part of Swid Powell's inaugural collection of high-style and functional ceramics, glass and metal ware designs from well-known architects, including Richard Meier, Michael Graves, and Robert Venturi. 

The bowl is published (see below) and in good condition with shallow scuffs and scratches, particularly on the base, measuring 10 in. diameter and marked Swid Powell / RM on the underside. 

Literature: Jewel Stern refers to this design as Meier's "King Richard" bowl and illustrates it on page 309, fig. 16.12 of Modernism in American Silver, 20th century design. Stern shares an original description of the handsome design as "...a shallow silver basin rimmed with a chaste band of openwork squares, considered to be 'superbly proportioned' and of the silver objects in the [Swid Powell] collection, the piece was 'destined to become' a Classic." The bowl is also published on page 72 of Swid Powell: Objects by Architects. Author Annette Tapert quotes Time art critic Robert Hughes, describing Meier's "creed of Modernism" as "adapted and refined, but with Le Corbusier's passion for geometric clarity left intact." 

Swid Powell was founded in 1982 by Nan Swid and Addie Powell. The company produced stylish and utilitarian home decor objects designed principally by architects. 

Please note: the blue orbs displayed in the bowl are not included with this listing.

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