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Portsmouth, Great Britain 1921 – Sydney, Australia 2007


  • Australia from 1956

The shoal 2001 Description: vase
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, cased glass: engraved glass: cased and engraved

Dimensions: 29.0 h x 18.0 w x 18.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.191

Anne Dybka's designs of Australian flora and fauna draw upon the technical and stylistic traditions of early modernist English and Scandinavian glass engraving.This work demonstrates Dybka's consummate skill and is engraved in a 'cameo' technique on opaque glass, blown in two layers, white over blue, by Australian glass artist, Brian Hirst. Its shape, colour and decoration evoke the swirling surf and drama of the seashore and makes stylistic references to the vivid interpretations and depictions of the natural world seen in cameo glass of the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th century

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra