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Biomorphic bowl

Artist Maurice Heaton (1900–1990)


Overall: 5.1 x 26.7 x 20 cm (2 x 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Slumped glass with enamel decoration

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Pear-shaped shallow glass bowl formed by slumping. Decoration created with powdered enamel on the back of the vessel, consisting of narrow alternating stripes of blue and yellow that radiate from a golden teardrop with a blue center.


H.M. scratched out of powder enamel in reverse, so it reads properly from the front-side.


The donor's mother, Jeanne Denker, an amateur stained glass artist, lived in the same county [Rockland County, New York] as the artist, and probably purchased the bowl directly from him. The vessel may have been purchased as early as 1950, but it was given to the donors about 1970. 2001: given to MFA by Elayne and Stephen Denker, Brookline, Massachusetts (Acquisition date: March 21, 2001).

Credit Line

Gift of Elayne and Stephen Denker in memory of mother Jeanne Denker


Gift of Elayne and Stephen Denker in memory of mother Jeanne Denker