Michael Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish

Michael Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Swid Powell Michael Graves Candy Dish
Michael Graves Candy Dish Signature
Michael Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish
Swid Powell Michael Graves Candy Dish
Michael Graves Candy Dish Signature

Michael Graves Swid Powell Candy Dish

700.00

Designer: Michael Graves (1934 – 2015)

Item: Scalloped Candy Dish with peen-hammered finish.

Manufactured by: Cleto Munari for Swid Powell

Country of origin: Italy

Year made: Designed in 1988 and produced in 1989

Materials: Silverplate over brass

Dimensions: 2“ x 8 ¾”

Condition: Very good used condition.  Minor surface scratches from polishing and buffing.  There is some spotting in the finish on the top that will not polish out, but only can been seen in direct light and does not detract from the presentation.  This is not pitting or damage to the silver-plating.

References: Tapert, Annette. SWID POWELL: Objects by Architects, Thames and Hudson, 1990. 

Description:  Here is a very famous design by Michael Graves for Swid Powell that is very difficult to find.  The bowl is peen-hammered and sits on a fixed cruciform base.  The initial drawings for this are in the Tapert book on page 40 and there is a photo of Graves holding a porcelain prototype of this dish. 

This is marked “Swid Powell”, “© Michael Graves 1989", with his impressed signature and the standard “Made in Italy” and “silverplate” marks.  These were produced in the earlier period when the higher end silverplate objects were made in Italy by Cleto Munari and were generally of greater complication and higher quality.  Since these are peen-hammered, a lot of hand work went into their production, which may be the reason not many are around.  We have only seen a few of these come to market and when they did they sold for high prices.  We are not sure if these were made in a very limited edition or that no one wants to part with them, but they are simply not out there.  An example is the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.  The Yale University Art Gallery also has the original drawing for this design in its collection.  This bowl is also prominently presented on Graves’ website.

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