Serie Glasconserven Nr. 4 (Glass Tin Series, No. 4)

Serie Glasconserven Nr. 4 (Glass Tin Series, No. 4)

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Object Name: 
Sculptural Vessel
Serie Glasconserven Nr. 4 (Glass Tin Series, No. 4)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
H: 17.3 cm, D(wires): 10.6 cm, (base): 8.1 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
In this work, Peretti placed objects inside a glass tumbler that is closed with a lid made from a rusty tin can. The tumbler is engraved and enameled with images of fish, hooks, human heads, and abstract boats. Inside, glass shards were placed with fish bones preserved in resin. The vessel is meant to evoke medieval and later European reliquaries, in which goblets and tumblers were reused as containers for relics.
Miller Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass, black and brown enamel; blown glass, cut, engraved, lustred, enameled, fabricated with mixed-media. Cylindrical lipless glass tumbler with fixed lid fabricated from rusting tin can, adhered short circular handle, raised lid rim drilled with small holes at regular intervals and attached by narrow wire to glass also drilled with corresponding holes, ends of wire twisted, cut, bent so that ends flare away from glass; glass decorated with engraved zig-zag rim band above engraved rows of: hatching, repeating words (Fish im wasser schloB) line renderings of waves, cross-hatching, fish, hook, architecture, human head in profile and abstract geometric shapes; narrow inscribed lines of brown enamel extend down from holes to just above mid-section of walls where they meet a horizontal enameled and engraved band decorated with repeating small black enameled heads in profile; engraved parallel lines in varying patterns interspersed with fish hooks extend down to base decorated with row of abstracted black "boats" above band of short enameled and engraved vertical fish skeletons; interior filled layer of resin embedded with fish bones and supporting upright narrow vertical curved and pointed glass shards (with some engraved and enameled detail) positioned so that points almost meet; flattened base, no pontil; engraved in script on base around central engraved small fish skeleton: Serie "Glasconserven" Nr 4.
Title Unknown (Miller Gallery, NY)
Miller Gallery 1991 through 1991
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 18, 126-127 (fig. 17, plate 40); BIB# 149403