Triptych

1992 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 6 parts.

  • Block (Part of Triptych)
  • Stand (For Part of Triptych)
  • Block (Part of Triptych)
  • Stand (For Part of Triptych)
  • Block (Part of Triptych)
  • Stand (For Part of Triptych)
Materials and Techniques
Engraved optical glass, wood and velvet, industrially made glass, machine cut, wheel engraved
Brief Description
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.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 25cm
  • Width: 36cm
  • Depth: 4.5cm
Credit line
Purchased with Art Fund support
Object history
Shown in the exhibition "Contemporary British Glass", Crafts COuncil, London and at other venues, 1993-4. (Triptych withdrawn in September 1993)
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Other Number
6307 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
C.335:1 to 6-1993

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record createdMarch 9, 1999
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