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Short Measure: C.2-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Short Measure


Production: Slee, Richard




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


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 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

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)

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-2005
Primary reference Number: 118397
Entry form: 618
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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