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On display on Level 1


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia born 1952


Scent bottle 2001 Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: blown double-overlay, fabricated, ground and polished

Dimensions: 127.0 h x 30.0 w x 30.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.193

Nick Mount was among the group of glass artists who developed the craft in Australia during the late 1970s. This work, a blown glass form with references to the tradition, design and function of the scent bottle, shows his strong sense of design and colour and his development of the Venetian glass traditions that engaged his interest early in his career. His enjoyment of his technical virtuosity is evident in the audaciously balanced form of this object. Its dramatic and witty presence suggests the over-scaled flasks of coloured liquids used in traditional pharmacies and the merchandising displays in perfume shops and department stores, with their exaggerated emphasis on ‘designer’ brands and signatures.

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