Robert Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set & Serving Spoon

Robert Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set
Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set
Reed Barton Swid Powell Insert.jpg
Robert Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set
Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set
Reed Barton Swid Powell Insert.jpg
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Robert Venturi Swid Powell Carving Set & Serving Spoon

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Designer: Robert Venturi (1925 – 2018)

Item: Venturi Carving Set and Serving Platter Spoon

Description: An important modern design classic by Robert Venturi for Swid Powell.  Both the carving set and serving platter spoon are in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Yale University Gallery of Art and other public collections.  Like many of the Swid Powell products, these were not inexpensive when new.  When introduced in 1989 the price of the carving set was $150.  

Venturi's own website states about these: "Each of these pieces is designed as a stylized and abstracted representation of one of the three Classical orders in architecture -- decorative and witty, we hope, but not crazy. Moreover, practically speaking, this flatware pattern is meant to be beautiful, simple, elegant, weighty, smooth, and very high quality."

Manufactured by: Reed & Barton for Swid Powell

Country of origin: United States

Year made: Carving Set 1989, Platter Spoon 1990

Materials: Silverpate over brass and steel

Dimensions: 14” longest

Condition: Very good plus used condition. Very light surface scratches from polishing, and some minor dings to the base of the carving pieces, but as the photo shows are barely perceptible. The serving spoon has a very small scratch with a pinhead loss in the middle of the bowl of the spoon that is also barely perceptible.  

References: Tapert, Annette. SWID POWELL: Objects by Architects, Thames and Hudson, 1990; Stern, Jewel, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design, Yale University Press, 2005

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