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Cane Studies No. 29: C.15-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cane Studies No. 29


Maker: Wilson, Clare L.




Clear glass vase with white cane work, blown.

Depressed spherical glass vessel with very small flat base and circular opening at the top. Made from clear glass decorated with fine white canes laid vertically in clusters, such that the pattern separates into ten segments and swirls at the top, and crossed by three wide bands of clustered canes on the lower third. The pattern continues to a point at the base.


History note: Purchased from Contemporary Applied Arts, Paddington Steet, W1.

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23 cm
Height: 13 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-11-25) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
2018 CE - 2019 CE


Caneworking is an ancient technique first used in southern Italy and later developed on the island of Murano. Here, long fine rods (or canes) of white glass have been used to create the intricate pattern.

Clare Wilson (b. 1985) studied at Edinburgh College of Art and in Australia. Now based in the Lake District, she continues to travel widely to work with other skilled makers. She works primarily with cane and murrine techniques, making functional art objects. She is drawn to cane work by the technical challenge it poses and the infinite design possibilities. Her muted palette and frenetic patterning makes her vessels seem exceptionally light and delicate, despite their weight.

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Blowing : Blown glass with cane work

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small signature

  • Text: C Wilson
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-2019
Primary reference Number: 240167
Entry form no.: 1392
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 January 2020 Updated: Friday 18 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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