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Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985

This is a Sculptural vessel. It was designed by Toots Zynsky. It is dated 1985 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre technique). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Zynsky works in the distinctive medium of filet de verre, or “glass thread,” which she creates by pulling hot glass into very thin strands, then layering and fusing them together to create a glass “fabric.” The fabric is then heated as a whole and slumped over a form to produce sculptural vessels such as this one, whose folds complement the rich texture and patterns created by the threads.

This object was donated by Thonet Industries, Inc., U.S.A., James M. Osborn, Max B. Furman, Mrs. Max B. Furman, Carol B. Brener, Mrs. John Innes Kane and Stephen W. Brener. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener, Mr. and Mrs. Max B. Furman, Mrs. John Innes Kane, James M. Osborn, and Thonet Industries, Inc..

  • Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985
  • fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre).
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen....
  • 1986-20-2

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 14 x 29.2 x 31.8 cm (5 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Maker's mark "Z" applied with glass thread at center of underside.

Cite this object as

Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985; Designed by Toots Zynsky (American, b. 1951); fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre technique); H x W x D: 14 x 29.2 x 31.8 cm (5 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener, Mr. and Mrs. Max B. Furman, Mrs. John Innes Kane, James M. Osborn, and Thonet Industries, Inc.; 1986-20-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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