Collection Online
glass (applied decoration)
35.6 × 27.9 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Murano, Venice, Italy
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with the assistance of the National Gallery Women's Association, 1985
© Ettore Sottsass
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Globular vase in deep blue, clear neck, wide mouth, applied blue rim, wide domed foot.
The postmodern Memphis architecture and design group, founded in 1981, sought to overturn the canons of conventional taste. Their design embraced bright colour, asymmetry and the ephemeral, often referencing styles of the past in arbitrary fashion. Here a classically-inspired vase form is enlivened with bright primary colours and a bizarre, random placement of non-functional handles.