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Doric: C.7 & A-2006

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Clegg, Tessa (Glassmaker)


Cast clear glass with a lid cast in cloudy yellow-green dichroic glass (A).

Cast clear bubbly glass with a cast lid of yellow-green dichroic glass. Of shallow D-shaped plan. The flat side has nine matt vertical ridges which appear as the fluting on a column when viewed from the front. The curved front surface is smooth. and has a shallow D-shaped pocket in the upper part, with a slanting wavy line within the glass. The shallow D-shaped dichroic yellow-green lid has a smaller projection of the same shape on its underside which fits into the pocket. Its curved front surface is smooth and the back and underside matt.


History note: Purchased by the donors from Barrett Marsden Gallery at the Collect exhibition held 9-13 February 2006 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 36 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-03-06) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2005 : dated


Tessa Clegg casts her work by the lost wax process

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: The lidded container has a long history in the world of valued objects and in the field of glassmaking. As Jennifer Opie points out in a recent essay for Clare Scremeni Gallery (2009), European masters such as Maurice Marinot (1882–1960) and Alfredo Barbini (1912–2007) found rich expression in the form and in the interplay of transparent and opaque surfaces. In Clegg’s work, the ‘container’ is solid glass and the ‘lid’ is an inserted piece fitted into the ‘container’s’ slotted top. A perceptual dimension is added in this case through the use of dichroic glass, which causes the colour of the lid to apparently shift from green to brown, according to the source and angle of the light. A life history interview with Tessa Clegg is available at

School or Style

studio glass Glass Art

Components of the work

Cover composed of dichromatic glass ( yellow-green) Body composed of glass Centre Front-back Depth 7 cm
Across Back Width 23 cm

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Cast clear cloudy glass with a lid cast in cloudy yellow-green dichroic glass.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Tessa Clegg ‘05
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Signature and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7 & A-2006
Primary reference Number: 126939
Entry form number: 810
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

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

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