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"This is an Elegant Vase (#9)"

Richard Yelle (born in 1951)

Object Place: Westchester, New York, United States


Overall: 55.9 × 18.4 cm (22 × 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blenko glass blank, paint, wood, wire, barbed wire, soft plastic letters, adhesive

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Tall cylindrical, acid-etched vessel with jagged lip, spray-painted body in mottled hot orange with highlights of green, yellow, and white. Vase is encircled with wire and green barbed wire. Stenciled shapes (circles and triangles) acted as resists, leaving areas without spray paint, revealing transluscent glass. Other shapes (letters, triangles, circles, and stars) of about 1/8 inch thick and about 1 inch tall or smaller made of ply-wood or plastic are adhered to surface. Resist letters spell out THIS IS AN ELEGANT VASE around the body of the vase. Adhered letters spell out ELEGANT, GOOD, and A OK. Most shapes and letters are outlined in graphite. A wire spray painted orange encircles the body of the vase in a vertical spiral. The area where the wire was initially placed has left a resisted area of glass from the paint. Wire is tied to green barbed wire, twisted in three places (top, middle, and bottom).




Signed on base in pencil: "Richard Yelle / #9 / 1991"


Gift of the artist to Gary and Mary Pforzheimer (sister of artist), Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1993, gift of Gary and Mary Pforzheimer to the MFA (Accession date: September 22, 1993).

Credit Line

Gift of Gary and Mary Pforzheimer