Decorative Arts and Design
On View: Decorative Art, 4th Floor
In 1948, the husband-and-wife design team of Michael and Frances Higgins began producing glass using a technique in which warm, pliable sheets of glass were “slumped” over molds, decorated with bits of enamel, foil, or wire, and then sandwiched with more glass. In this dynamic piece, the walls of the bowl comprise enlarged cellular forms that look as if they may multiply at any moment.
Designed and made ca. 1955
3 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (8.6 x 31.1 x 31.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed on rim, in gilt: "higgins" [in script]
H. Randolph Lever Fund
Bowl. Molded colorless glass with enamel decoration. Wide shallow bowl with broad, flared, flat rim. Bottom of bowl is flat. Organic applied decoration. Five large lily pad shapes around sides and one at bottom with green-yellow veins and mustard colored centers. Six smaller green-yellow circles around rim of bowl. Lily pad shapes separated by green lines with an illusionary bubble-motif with gilt outline. Inside of bowl smooth; outside rough striated texture.
Michael Higgins (American, born England, 1908-1999). Bowl, Designed and made ca. 1955. Glass, 3 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (8.6 x 31.1 x 31.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 2000.77. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.77_PS11.jpg)
overall, 2000.77_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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