The physical sense of space, things being material and, at the same time, cultural objects, physical presence and what it leaves behind are the key motifs of Vlatka Horvat’s works. Drawing dynamics from the performing arts area, the author weaves these kinds of motifs into her artistic activities, and also those that use the medium of drawing, collage, sculpture, or installation. In her works, the main actor disappears, and cannot be observed in the creative process, but there remains a trace of their action.
The fan is made of a hand-painted fabric. In the fan’s folds, richly decorated fields with various floral patterns featuring a palette of blues and pinks, coloured using paint gouache, arranged vertically, are clearly visible. Through the floral compositions, there diamond-shaped ornaments, sewn in using golden thread, with the addition of sequins and beads at the corners. Along the fan, runs a strip of alternating brown and azure-blue panels, with white and pink flowers running respectively, in various compositions.
The four small metal funnels (one with a lug) were used to produce perfumes and fragrances. The spoon is glass, similar in shape to a spatula.
The two perfume containers have the form of small bottles with round shapes and flattened bodies. This is an example of personalized perfume containers belonging to a specific person with the initials C.D., of aristocratic origin, as evidenced by a count’s crown incorporated into the upper part of the initial.
A round ceramic pouncet-box for toothpaste glazed in white, with visible cracks in the glazing. The lid closing the box is decorated with a round paper label depicting the head of a woman on a blue background shown in profile and with inscriptions on a black background...
The cuboidal cardboard case is covered with imitation leather and comes with a lid. The size of the case is matched to three perfume bottles. The three bottles are shaped like cuboidal decanters, with stoppers made of colourless glass.
The fan is made of paper/leather, painted to show depictions of garden scenes in three separate fields. In the central, largest field, a scene containing a depiction of drinking tea in a garden has been painted. Two ladies are talking with an officer in a blue uniform at a set table. In the background, a garden wall and vegetation are visible.
The fan is made of paper, with an ivory handle and ribbing. On the paper, there are scenes drawn using a visual technique, painted with gouache. The main scene on the fan shows a couple embracing on a bridge in an English garden. At the couple’s feet, a cupid is pointing to a rose. An expansive landscape including an aerial view, turning into an amply painted gold ornament featuring vegetal tendrils with purple flowers constitutes the scene’s background.
This glass perfume bottle takes the form of a rectangular vial with a metal cap. The sides of the bottle are ornamented with a painted abstract decoration. On the main side, a colourful representation of an ancient Egyptian deity is painted.
Made of colourless glass, the perfume bottle has the surprising shape of a castle. The stopper, made of gilded glass, constitutes its roof. The style of the castle’s architectural form is the so-called French costume – a neo-Renaissance style with elements of Baroque, characteristic of the 2nd half of the 19th century.
The porcelain perfume bottle has the form of the shell of a sea snail. The body of the vessel is decorated with brown spots emphasizing the natural appearance of the item’s form. The neck of the bottle has been framed by gilded metal and decorated with a vegetal ornament.
The presented perfume bottle is made of blue solid-coloured glass, with a polished crystal stopper. The body of the bottle takes the form of a bell which turns into a decorative flange with fancy cut-outs forming a wavy line at the base. The high neck of the bottle ends in a flange shaped like a flower-shaped goblet.
A palace fan operated with a crank, set in a round metal box. The box lid is covered with a mesh made of thick wire. The edges of the lid are decorated with a string of gilded ornaments featuring a pattern of floral reliefs.
The crystal bottle is set in a silver frame. The glass body with a high neck was cut into vertical stripes with a transverse triple line motif on the neck. The silver base of the bottle was hand decorated using the repoussage technique, with irregularities and sawing marks.
A porcelain perfume bottle in the shape of a heart, with a neck featuring a metal finish and a cap. The body of the vessel is decorated with a red painted stripe on the side and an arcade ornament hand-painted in gold.
The massive ring is made of metal, painted in gold and decorated with a hemispherical ornament and a thin, striped ring around the socket. There is pearl inside the socket.
The small porcelain perfume bottle is in the shape of a figurine showing an anthropomorphized bull or cow. The figure has a human body and an erect posture. The head has the shape of a cow’s or bull’s head, proportional to the whole body. The figure is dressed in a wide green coat ending behind the knees, white trousers and black shoes.
The cologne container has a bottle form with a spherical cross-section. It is made of transparent glass. The neck of the vessel is thin and high, with a metal, crown-shaped stopper. The bottle features a large, round emerald-coloured paper label, with black inscriptions and decorations.
A porcelain bottle in the form of a decanter with a stopper, painted on the whole surface in cobalt colour, with oval panels featuring floral compositions and gilded ornaments.
The perfume bottle, in the form of a decanter, is made of transparent glass. The bottle’s stopper is also glass, moulded by hand, in the form of a knob.