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Bowl: C.15-2007

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Spira, Rupert




Stoneware, thrown, with incised decoration through black pigment over white glaze; interior of footring and base are black, and not decorated. The bowl stands on a high circular foot. Originally circular, the sides of the bowl have been pushed upwards at the sides so that the form has become oval. The interior is incised with concentric bands of calligraphic decoration, and on the exterior has similar decoration radiating from the exterior of the footring.


History note: Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, by whom exhibited at Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Length: 53.6 cm
Width: 46.6 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Bishops Castle ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-03-05) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Circa 2006 CE - 2007 CE


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: This large hand-thrown and turned bowl is an exceptional example of the potter’s art in both form and surface. It represents the culmination of Spira’s experiments in this area. ‘Morandi’s paintings … are object lessons in the most literal sense. They demonstrate both what painting can do and also what language cannot encompass. There is something like this at work in Rupert Spira’s pots.’ Edward Lucie-Smith, art historian, author and critic.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Foot Diameter 10.3 cm

Materials used in production

white Glaze
Black pigment

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, with incised decoration through black pigment over white glaze; interior of footring and base not decorated.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: RS
  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: In relief
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-2007
Primary reference Number: 141822
Entry form number: 837
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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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