This serving dish was designed specifically for seafood risotto, which inspired the shape of the vessel and its decoration. The body resembles a fisherman’s boat, while the tureen’s lid and the tray handles conjure up ocean waves. Nestled into the vessel’s surface are marine forms including starfish, shells, and octopi, all cast from life and molded to fit the undulating form of the tureen.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
The design of this tureen is more baroque than Vitali’s typically modernist works. At a time when silversmithing is declining globally and labor is increasingly specialized, this work offers masterful examples of the core techniques of raising, chasing, and casting. It illustrates the scope of Vitali’s achievement in silver, both by bridging the Old World with the New, and by serving as an encyclopedia to his craft.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2011
Tureen for “Risotto alla Pescatore”
- Not on view
- 6 1⁄2 x 21 1⁄4 x 13 in. (16.5 x 54.0 x 33 cm)
© 2001, Ubaldo Vitali
- Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
- Mediums Description
- sterling silver and sodalite
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