Tall sea green 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.

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.

The coloration of this piece was most likely achieved by incorporating copper oxide with a touch of chrome into the piece, which Kuepfer commonly used to create a sea green colour. The subtle iridescent quality of the undecorated glass again points to Kuepfer's mastery of glass-working techniques. Similarly, the palmate (finger/leaf-like) patterning on the glass reflects Kuepfer's clear and simple design aesthetic and was inpired by the designs of Art Nouveau period.
Tall sea green bottle with surface feathering
Production date
Circa 1978
glass, silver nitrate
365 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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