Artist/Designer: Robert Venturi
b. 1925, Philadelphia
Title: Grandmother Mug 1984
Dimensions: 3.875"h x 4" (including handle) x 2.75". 10 oz. capacity.
Manufacturer: Swid Powell
Details: Not in production. Swid Powell © Robert Venturi (signature) "Grandmother" printed on bottom. Very good condition. Not dishwasher safe. Only 1 available.
Notes from the Archive: The Grandmother pattern was inspired by a tablecloth design Venturi saw at the home of a colleague's grandmother. This pattern was used for a complete line of dinnerware. In the Swid Powell book by Annette Tapert, he is quoted as saying, "In both "Grandmother" and "Notebook", I wanted a universal and, at the same time, American motif - which is another way of saying I wanted to do something that was ordinary-pretty. Once again, I'm making it representational. Grandmother was a material source and Notebook a paper source. By putting these motifs on a hard edge, they become less strict and not overly sentimental."
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