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Tall Ellipse in Deep Reds: C.3-2017

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Current Location: In storage


Tall Ellipse in Deep Reds


Maker: Rena, Nicholas




Earthenware, press moulded, sanded and burnished, stained.

Tall elliptical vessel with straight sides and thick walls. The upper rim is perfectly flat. The outside and much of the inside is burnished to an exceptionally smooth finish and stained red-brown; the stain is applied unevenly, giving an organic appearance. The underside is flat, burnished and stained.


History note: The Oxford Gallery, Oxford where purchased in 2000 by Lady Vaizey

Legal notes

Gift of Marina Vaizey with support from the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10 cm
Height: 43 cm
Width: 19.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2017-01-23) by Vaizey, Marina, Lady


20th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 2000


Nicholas Rena (b.1963) studied architecture at Cambridge from 1982-88 before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art in London in 1995. His oversize vessel forms reflect his architectural background and a preoccupation with space, and are sometimes presented in groups (see C.32A & B-2013). The clay body is often colour stained, sometimes with brightly coloured interiors, and is sanded and burnished to a marble-like smooth surface. Rena was nominated for the Jerwood Applied Art Prize in Ceramics in 2001. He has exhibited internationally and his work can be seen in many public collections.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of stain ( red-brown)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press moulding : Earthenware, press moulded, sanded and burnished, stained.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: NR 99
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2017
Primary reference Number: 214013
Entry Form Number: 1328
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Created: Tuesday 31 January 2017 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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