Venturi Candlesticks



Designers: Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown 

Manufacturer: Cleto Munari

Materials: Silverplate over brass

Country of Origin: Italy

Date: 1984

Dimensions: 8.625 × 6.5 × 6.5

Condition: Mint

Robert Venturi, the recognized patriarch of postmodernism who drew inspiration from diverse historical sources, created this innovative design for Swid Powell in 1986 with his partner Denise Scott Brown. He cleverly intersected two planar silhouettes in a cruciform arrangement to form a three-dimensional standing object recycling and re-purposing the eighteenth-century Chippendale style. Jewel Stern, Charles Veneble and Kevin Tucker, ed. Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2005, 315.