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94/104/2 Goblet, teapot-shaped stem, blown glass, made by Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1994. Click to enlarge.

Goblet by Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni

Richard Marquis is best known to international artists, critics and glass collectors for his murini teapots and glass sculptures assembled from various glass forms such as teapots, balls, cylinders or cones often piled one upon another in curious colourful 'towers'. Dante Marioni is well known for his finely executed drinking vessels with with strong references to the Italian tradition of glass working. The two artists began working together in 1987. In 1991 they created the first teapot goblets and have produced a number of inventive variations ever since. The objects in the series have become the signature pieces of their collaboration.

The three goblets are among the finest examples in the series. They were made in Canberra in 1994 to introduce Australian students to the sophisticated techniques used in their making (the forms are blown form pickups of the zanfirico canes). The goblets are important in that they are made by leaders of a major development in American glass which emphasises the the drive for artistic excellence and, at the same time the desire to mock the seriousness of the drive. However the mockery in the Marquis/Marioni pieces is usually gentle, and the message to the students was clear: " have to master the glass making techniques before attempting to satirise the glass."


Object No.


Object Statement

Goblet, teapot-shaped stem, blown glass, made by Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1994

Physical Description

Goblet, made of blown clear glass coloured with fine glass canes utilising various filigrana patterns, assembled from various forms as a colourful tower with stem in the form of a teapot; the vessel has a low conical foot supporting a teapot-shaped stem, this spherical shaped teapot stem has a short spout, ring handle and knopped cover, a tall flute glass bowl (of inverted conical form) rises from the top of the cover knop on a short stem; the clear glass foot and bowl feature a 'zanfirico' design in fine black and white canes and the footrim and rim are edged with red, and the teapot-shaped stem is coloured with 'vetro a reticello' canes of mid blue colour (spiralling bands outlining segments filled with fine criss-cross diagonal threads making a diamond lattice network).


Engraved mark on foot "Canberra Work Shop 1994 Marquis Dante Marioni"



257 mm



Collaborative work by visiting USA glass artists, Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni, produced at glass workshop at the Canberra School of Arts, 25-27 February, 1994.


Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

2 May 1994

Cite this Object


Goblet by Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2020, <>


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This object is currently on display in Collection Gallery 1 at the Museums Discovery Centre.


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