Robert A. M. Stern (American, born New York, 1939)
Polished and painted brass, painted steel
H. 11-1/8, Diam. 2-1/2 in. (28.3 x 6.4 cm.) Base: 2 inches (5.1 cm.)
Gift of Swid Powell, 1985
Not on view
Stern has inverted the traditional proportions of a column shaft, which normally would taper toward the top, giving the impression of strength and solidity (an optical effect called meiosis that has its origins in ancient Greek architecture). Here, the shaft tapers toward the bottom, lending an attenuated elegance to the design.
the manufacturer (until 1985; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.