Coffeepot from a Tea and Coffee Service
Designed by Robert Venturi, American, 1925 - 2018. Made by Alessi S.p.A., Crusinallo, Italy, 1921 - present.
In 1980, Venturi sent Alessi a proposal for this "stylized traditional" service, in which every piece was inspired by a silver form from a different historical period. Each was intended to be decorated according to its historical model and colored. "You will see that I have kept the historical symbolism," Venturi wrote to Alessi, "but made the aesthetic involve a more disparate eclecticism with a more or less Rococo coffee pot, a Queen Anne tea pot, a Neo-Classical sugar bowl and Art Nouveau cream pitcher. The Piazza Campidoglio remains the tray." The service was introduced in 1983.