Pair of "Swid Powell" candlesticks by Richard Meier, in silvered bronze known as alpaca.
Limited edition by Cleto Munari in Italy, impeccable quality and fairly heavy. Signed and stamped under the candelabra.
This important project by Meier was originally a design for a mantel clock that was never realised, and was later reworked into this candelabra form. Unlike Meier's King Richard candelabra, which was produced in fairly large numbers, these candelabras are very difficult to find.
Similar models can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the High Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
- Artist / Designer:Richard Meier (1934 - )
- Signature / Monogram:Signed " Swid Powell - RM "
- Issuer / Manufacturer:Cleto Munari (Italy)
- Mark / Label:Stamped " Made in Italy - Silver Plated " (by Cleto Munari)
- Period:20th Century / 1983
- Country of Origin:USA
- Dimensions (H x W x D):28,3cm x 15,9cm x 6,4cm
- Weight:3Kg/ pair
- Number of components:2
- Style:Art Deco / Art Nouveau / Design
- Material:Silvered bronze / Alpaca
- Belgium Delivery:20€
- France Delivery:25€
- Europe Delivery:30€
- Worldwide Delivery:40€
Tapert, Annette. SWID POWELL: Objects by Architects, Rizzoli, 1990.
The original drawing and a photo of this piece can also be found on the Richard Meier website.
Peter Richard Alan Meier (born 1934 in New Jersey, USA) is an American architect and abstract artist. After graduating from Cornell University, he visited Italy, Greece, Israel, France and Germany, before working for Skidmore and then Marcel Breuer. It was not until 1963 that he set up his own practice, Richard Meier & Partners, in New York. Alongside his work as an architect, he taught at the Cooper Union (1962-1973), Yale (1975-1977) and Harvard (1980-1981). Richard Meier designed several private houses, including the famous Douglas House in Harbor Springs (1973). His work on light, white colour, space and form brings him closer to Le Corbusier, but also to Viennese Secession Art Nouveau (Josef Hoffmann - Wiener Werkstätte), often confused with Art Deco.
Cleto Munari is a company with an international reputation, founded in Italy in 1970 to produce and publish design objects created by the greatest names in architecture, such as Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa and Ettore Sottsass...