Richard MARQUIS, Teapot Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America born 1945

  • to Australia 1974 and 1976

Teapot 1974 Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, teapots, glass blown in 'murrini' technique

Primary Insc: etched on base: "Marquis '74"
Tertiary Insc: C59
Dimensions: 16.1 h x 18.8 w x 15.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.1421
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.

The influential American glass artist Richard Marquis first visited Australia in 1974, demonstrating his glassblowing techniques and advising on the establishment of glass workshops in several centres. His work strongly influenced a number of Australian glass artists. While Marquis' blown glass objects are based on functional forms such as the teapot, his approach renders them functionless, using almost cartoon-like exaggeration of form and decoration to bring humour to the work. Marquis is a master of the complex techniques of Italian murrini and millefiori glass he uses to build the intricate patterns and depth of decoration that characterise his quirky objects.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design