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96/16/1 Bowl, 'Devilish chaos', glass, Toots Zynsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995. Click to enlarge.

‘Devilish chaos’ bowl by Toots Zynsky

Made by Zynsky, Toots in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, Europe, 1994-1995.

This glass bowl, with lead crystal threads (filet de verre), is entitled ‘Devilish chaos’ and was made by the American artist Toots Zynsky in her studio in Amsterdam in 1995. It is one of a series inspired by Zynsky’s experiences living in Europe. It was most probably made for the exhibition ‘Toots Zynsky - Recent chaos’ from which it was acquired and was part of her ‘Chaos and order’ series.

Working with hundreds of fine threads of mulit-coloured Venetian glass in black, orange, yellow, pale...


Object No.


Object Statement

Bowl, 'Devilish chaos', glass, Toots Zynsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995

Physical Description

Bowl, 'Devilish chaos', glass, made by Toots Zynsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995

A deep bowl of an irregular shape rising from a small circular foot and progressing into a wide flaring rim. The rim gently undulating in irregular vertical folds. Made from fused and slumped Venetian glass threads coloured in black, orange, yellow, pale pink and icy blue. The threads of glass have been laid side by side to form strips of one colour. Each of these strips is then overlaid, one on top of another at different angles to create a patchwork effect. The interior of icy blue. Makers mark on base.


Makers mark under base, a thread of glass has been melted to underside in the form of a fluid "Z"



197 mm


356 mm


182 mm



Designed by Toots Zynsky as part of her new (begun in 1993) 'Chaos and order' series.

The bowl was made in the artist's studio in Amsterdam in 1995 most probably for the exhibition 'Toots Zynsky - Recent chaos' from which it was acquired.



Acquired from exhibition in the Elliott Brown Gallery in Seattle as new.


Credit Line

Purchased 1996

Acquisition Date

9 January 1996

Cite this Object


'Devilish chaos' bowl by Toots Zynsky 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2019, <>


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