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Richard Marquis

Teapot Goblets
clear and colored glass
7 3/4 x 5 x 5 in.; 10 1/4 x 4 x 3 5/8 in.; 10 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.; 11 x 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.; and 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

These five teapot goblets were never intended to be used. They are instead objects that refer directly to the history of glass: they are glass about glass. Richard Marquis has blown these goofy forms using a technique called zanfirico ("twisted glass"), in which glass canes, or rods, are used to create geometric patterns and interlacing swirls. Although these fanciful pieces combine goblets and teapots into single objects, there is no such thing as a teapot goblet in the history of the decorative arts. The artist is fascinated with color and with using traditional forms nontraditionally.