This is a pitcher. It was designed by Massimo Vignelli and manufactured by Venini Glassworks and Christofle. It is dated 1963 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is blown and cased glass (inciso), silver-plated brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The pitcher's gleaming silver-plated cylindrical neck and curved handle, along with its spherical glass body--lightly textured in the inciso technique--presents a study in geometry, contour, and reflected and refracted light. Vignelli originally conceived of the design during a fellowship at the Amerian firm, Towle Silversmiths, where he learned about silver craftsmanship and how much, like glass, the material reflects light when polished. While Vignelli favored clear, reductive design and was not a proponent of the Memphis anti-modernist philosophy, this pitcher's form and proportions harmonize well with the movement's designs.
This object was
George R. Kravis II.
It is credited
Gift of George R. Kravis II.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 25.5 × 14 cm (10 1/16 × 5 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Pitcher; Designed by Massimo Vignelli (Italian, active USA, 1931–2014); blown and cased glass (inciso), silver-plated brass; H x diam.: 25.5 × 14 cm (10 1/16 × 5 1/2 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2016-5-20-a,b
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.