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Triptych

Triptych

  • Place of origin:

    Temple (Midlothian) (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kinnaird, Alison (designer)
    Kallenberger, Kreg (cut by)
    Schott & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved optical glass, wood and velvet, industrially made glass, machine cut, wheel engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:

    C.335:1 to 6-1993

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 84, shelf 4 []

Triptych explores the iconography of the icon. The three sections represent Man, Woman and Child as Past, Present and Future. Man, the Past, is attempting to free himself, but his feet are caught in the Web of Time. Woman, the Present, is shown as a shell within a shell, as flawed Venus (the classical goddess of love) and flawless Virgin. The future is the Bird Child, a symbol of the young soul, bearing the burden of the untouched future. Kinnaird uses her very personal interests in family, the natural world and Celtic and classical imagery in this complex work.

Physical description

A triptych, three panels of optical glass, wheel-engraved, set on three velvet lined wooden stands. Each of the three sections has an engraved figure, representing Man as the Past, Woman as the Present and Child as the Future. The glass was probably manufactured by Schott, and then cut by Kreg Kallenberger in the USA to the specifications of the designer Alison Kinnaird.

Place of Origin

Temple (Midlothian) (made)

Date

1992 (made)

Artist/maker

Kinnaird, Alison (designer)
Kallenberger, Kreg (cut by)
Schott & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved optical glass, wood and velvet, industrially made glass, machine cut, wheel engraved

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm, Width: 36 cm, Depth: 4.5 cm

Object history note

Shown in the exhibition "Contemporary British Glass", Crafts COuncil, London and at other venues, 1993-4. (Triptych withdrawn in September 1993)

Descriptive line

Triptich made of optical glass, engraved with the figures of man, woman and child, representing the past, present and future; designed by Alison Kinnaird, made in Scotland, 1992.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Journal of Glass Studies, vol. 36, 1994, p. 122, fig. 41
"Contemporary British Glass", 1993-4, catalogue, p.67.
Opie, J., "Contemporary International Glass", 2004, p.70.

Materials

Optical glass; Wood; Velvet

Techniques

Cut; Wheel-engraved

Categories

Glass; Scotland

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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