Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes this bottle, created by glass artist Maurice Marinot. Marinot studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he exhibited regularly at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from 1905 to 1913.
Although Marinot was developing his career as a painter, he became interested in a glassworks owned by his friends Eugène and Gabriel Viard, situated near Marinot’s home in Troyes. During a visit to the factory, Marinot was introduced to glassworking. Intrigued by the material, he began to experiment with it, exhibiting his first work in glass, along with his paintings, in 1911.
From 1913 until 1937, when the glassworks was closed, Marinot made his unique thick-walled vessels. Marinot sketched his forms and decoration for glass, which were inspired by natural elements such as water, ice and fire. Working alone or with an assistant, he then blew his vessels and decorated them with enamels, cutting, and acid-etching.