Alcor

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Object Name: 
Vase
Title: 
Alcor
Accession Number: 
88.3.15
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 46.4 cm, Diam (max): 18.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1983
Web Description: 
Ettore Sottsass was one of the leading members of Memphis, the influential group of Italian architects and designers who subverted the minimal, functional aesthetic of Italian industrial design with provocative, colorful, and ironic objects. Memphis was the beginning of the trend in contemporary design to blur the boundaries between design and art.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Memphis Milano, International Design Center, Source
1987-12-30
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless, transparent green, blue, amber, black, opaque white non-lead glasses; blown with hot applications, cold laminations. Tall multi-sectional vessel; top to bottom: small lipless hemispherical bowl; neck of short, wide, cylindrical section of colorless with black spiral wrap; attached to flattened green bubble; body is large spherical colorless bubble with overall irregular blue prunts; tall, domed colorless foot with overall inverted teardrop prunts of colorless with amber striations; inscribed in script on outside edge of foot rim: "Memphis Milano by Toso Vetri d'Arte".
The Past Ten Years of Contemporary Glass (1996) illustrated, p. 606, fig. 5; p. 614; BIB# AI48527
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 146, #247; BIB# 58995
Recent Important Acquisitions, 31 (1989) illustrated, p. 114, #41, center; BIB# AI23357