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Morphus VII: M.4-2017

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Current Location: In storage


Morphus VII


Maker: Warburton, Gizella




Wrapped and stitched fibrous vessel, mixed media

Tall circular vessel constructed from thinly applied layers of fibrous material. Straight sides rise from a semi-spherical base to a slightly smaller irregular rim, with two vertical spaces in one side. Threads have been wound in an uneven pattern around the base, finished with a knot and loose ends, and there are eight stitches to one side. The vessel is black, with wide band of thinly applied white around the middle which shows up the fibrous construction. The underside is a very small flat circle.


History note: Art Direct, London, from where purchased by the donors.

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25 cm
Height: 44 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Market Harborough ⪼ Leicestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2017-11-20) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Circa 2010 CE - 2017 CE


Gizella Warburton achieved a BA in Woven Textiles at Manchester School of Art in 1989, followed by further studies at the University of Derby.

She has worked on a number of partnership projects with galleries, contemporary craft organisations, schools and colleges. Her textile and mixed media pieces explore line, texture, surface and mark-making . Gizella describes her ‘Morphus’ vessels as ‘wrapped and sculpted vessel forms, quietly resonant of internal and external skins, of scarred and fissured surfaces, of abrasions, bindings and sutures’, which have evolved through the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper, cloth and thread. The series enabled her to explore material qualities, spatial balance, depth of tone and surface detail.

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Materials used in production

Fibrous material

Techniques used in production

Wrapping : Wrapped, stitched and painted fibrous material

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-2017
Primary reference Number: 222915
Entry form no.: 1336
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Created: Tuesday 28 November 2017 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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