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Cut Branch Dish: C.13-2006

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Cut Branch Dish


Production: Keeler, Walter




Cream earthenware, decorated with grey-blue, and yellow-brown coloured glazes

Cream earthenware, thrown, with attached branches, decorated with coloured glazes in ‘Whieldon’ style. The circular dish has a flat base and thick almost vertical sides with a curved rim, impressed with a spiral on the front. Attached to the rim are seven vertical branches formed of tubes of clay, some with projecting thorns. The interior of the dish, and the cut tops of the branches are decorated with brownish-yellow glaze with brown markings, and the rest of the surface, including the base has bluish-grey glaze with purple markings.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 16 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the Art Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Penalt ⪼ Monmouthshire ⪼ Wales

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-07-17) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2006


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: This exuberant dish is both a technical tour de force and a playfully impractical masterpiece of domestic pottery, drawing on Keeler’s study of eighteenth-century ceramics and his unrivalled handling of clay form. ‘Keeler’s pots possess a potent modern identity that resonates with all the richness of the English pottery tradition.’ Amanda Fielding (1957–2012), Curator, Crafts Council Collection 1989–2006 A life history interview with Walter Keeler is available at

Walter Keeler's pots decorated with coloured glazes are flamboyant interpretations of mid-18th century North Staffordshire tablewares made by Thomas Whieldon and other potters.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours ( brown and purple markings)
Dish Diameter 35 cm Height 6 cm
Tallest Branch Height 28.7 cm
Across Branches Width 50.5 cm

Materials used in production

brownish-yellow, bluish-grey Glaze
cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13-2006
Primary reference Number: 131290
Entry form number: 817
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 22 May 2023 Last processed: Monday 22 May 2023

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

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