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Choker 4: C.16-1998

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Choker 4


Amsel, Galia (Glassmaker)


Clear, colourless glass, cast into a circle of triangular section with the base on top and the point underneath. On the side a section has been cut out to leave a 5 to 6 cm gap, the ends of the glass are coated with a pale green substance (enamel?). The upper side is smooth with three centrally placed concentric engraved bands. On the other two sides the decoration is integral, and comprises a continuous geometrical design with a horizontally striated background. The circle has been shaped, so that the split side and the side opposite to it are off the ground, with the result that it rocks on the areas touching the ground.


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London

Legal notes

Given by Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 48.9 cm
Height: 12 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-10-12) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1998


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Galia Amsel studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. She established her own studio in London in 1993. In 2004, following a series of invited workshops, she emigrated to New Zealand where she now lives and works. An early interest in Pacific forms, stimulated by a visit to New York whilst at the Royal College of Art, and a strong response to movement and landscape continue to drive new bodies of work. Amsel has recently begun working on a larger scale, with an installation in Auckland Harbour in 2014 and Salisbury Cathedral in 2016. Choker 4 formed part of a body of work drawing inspiration from objects for use: mechanical, decorative or ritualistic. This particular work followed on from a 1990 residency project with the Museum of Mankind in London looking at collections of Ibo tribal jewellery.

School or Style

studio glass Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Coating composed of enamel ( uncertain) Ends Of Glass

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Clear colourless glass, cast into a circle of triangular section with the base on top and the point underneath

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1998
Primary reference Number: 27217
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

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

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