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Curved Bench with Trough: M.8-2004

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Current Location: Gallery 10 (Octagon)


Curved Bench with Trough


Production: Partridge, Jim
Production: Walmsley, Liz




Oak, carved, and blackened. Curved and tapering block of wood with a tapering trough in the top of the narrowest part


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DD, from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Length: 272 cm
Length: 294 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Oswestry ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2004-10-11) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2004


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Jim Partridge studied at the John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood, establishing an independent studio in Dorset in 1979 and winning early acclaim for a series of turned and carved wooden vessels. Partridge established his studio in Shropshire in 1984, and has been working in partnership with Liz Walmsley since 1988. Liz Walmsley studied at the University of Wales, intent on a career in education until she started work in a pottery and changed direction. For the past twentyfive years, Partridge and Walmsley have created a dynamic portfolio of site-specific urban and rural commissions – bridges, seats, shelters – and works for domestic interiors which have redefined the use of timber in contemporary design. Working in direct, improvisational ways, mostly with oak, they carve out forms which invite and respond to use – be they monumental blackened benches or finely turned and carved bowls. Public commissions include pieces for Sustrans; Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford (which won an art in architecture award in 2003); Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick; and Ardtornish Estate in Scotland. ‘Everything they do has a tremendous physical presence, a sort of monumentality, even in the smallest works, yet also a lightness and poise.’ - Richard Ingleby, Director, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley: ‘In the first wave of curved benches, working round a defect in the timber we realised that one of our options was to make a bench which had storage, for plants, or wine bottles, or newspapers as well as a seating area.’ A life history interview with Jim Partridge is available at

Components of the work

At Highest Height 39.5 cm
At Widest Width 43 cm

Materials used in production

not yet known what Black pigment

Techniques used in production

Carving : Blackened oak, carved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-2004
Primary reference Number: 118389
Entry form: 609
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 18 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 18 November 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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