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Short Measure: C.2-2005

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Short Measure


Slee, Richard (Production)


Hand-built earthenware, the inside covered with white glaze, and the outside with pale yellow glaze shading to pale greenish-blue. The object has a globular lower end with sixteen ribs from which extends a fluted trumpet, the mouth of which has thirteen bats' wing scallops of irregular size. When lying down, it rests on two of the points.


History note: Barrett Marsden Gallery, 15-18 Great Sutton Street, London ECIV ODN, from which purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Length: 61.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brighton ⪼ Sussex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD/CE 1988


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: This work comes from a series that Richard Slee has retrospectively titled ‘Little England’. The title of this particular piece refers to the popular drinking-glass form called a ‘yard of ale’. This exaggerated thirty-six inch conical vessel is thought to have originated in seventeenth-century England both as a demonstration of the glassblower’s art and for drinking feats and special toasts. In 1998, Slee’s kiln was too short to create a fulllength ceramic version, hence the title. The work is illustrated on page 96 of the monograph on Slee by Garth Clark and Cathy Courtney published by Lund Humphries in 2003. A life history interview with Richard Slee is available at

The form resembles a yard of ale glass

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

End Of Trumpet: Diameter 25.3 cm

Materials used in production

white inside, and pale yellow glaze shading to pale greenish-blue outside Glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Hand-built : Hand-built earthenware, the inside covered with white glaze, and the outside with pale yellow glaze shading to pale greenish-blue
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-2005
Primary reference Number: 118397
Entry form: 618
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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