Tall amber bottle with surface feathering

Tony Kuepfer (b.1947), Artist Circa 1978 © All rights reserved See full details

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Tall bottles with thin necks are a distinctive part of the Kuepfer’s practice. Correspondence with Stuart Park (who gifted the work) reveals that Kuepfer had made a large number of these, upwards of 250 works between 1979-1986. The exaggeratedly narrow neck means that the bottles are almost entirely non-functional - a play on the function vs artistry debate that would define much of New Zealand's studio glass practice.

This bottle is exemplary of the technical skill that Kuepfer brought to New Zealand; his expertise helped lay the foundation for New Zealand's hot glass movement.

This could be considered one of his more successful pieces - the elongated neck is echoed in the trailed brown and cream patterning, uniting the piece in an elegant display of Kuepfer's design skills and the feather patterning on the body of the vase was inpired by the designs of Art Nouveau period.
Tall amber bottle with surface feathering
Production date
Circa 1978
glass, silver nitrate
305 x 110mm (h x diameter at widest point)
Credit line
Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by Stuart Park 2008
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