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Vase with pinched sides: C.14-1999

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Current Location: In storage


Vase with pinched sides


Glassmaker: Meech, Annette




White glass shading to clear, blown, with pale blue and yellow panels (appearing green), and dark blue trailing round the rim. Narrow circular base, from which the sides rise upwards into a wide, deep, oval bowl, pinched on both sides at the top to form an elongated figure-of-eight-shaped mouth.


History note: Purchased by the donors from Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1999-07-12) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: dated AD 1987


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Annette Meech studied Industrial Design at the University of Leicester followed by an MA in Glass Design at the Royal College of Art, London. In 1971, whilst still a student at the Royal College, she was introduced to the work of the Glasshouse in London. This was the beginning of a twenty six year involvement with the organisation that included overseeing its move from the small creative workshop established by Sam Herman (b.1936) to a thriving commercial and creative business in new premises in Long Acre, where it moved in 1975. Between 1972 and 1983, Meech was also a design consultant for Ravenhead Glass, and between 1984 and 1994 she taught at West Surrey College of Art and Design. In 1999 she moved to France, establishing the studio Glasshouse de Sivignon which she still runs with her partner Christopher Williams (b.1949). Creating one-off pieces and functional objects for production has always been part of her studio practice, underpinned by a fascination with the malleability and colour ranges possible with the medium. Recent works have included kiln-formed decorative panels. Annette Meech: ‘We work in an old converted barn next to our home where we welcome visitors and from where we export our designs internationally. On a smaller scale the spirit of the Glasshouse lives on. We continue to take on assistants from local colleges, some of whom may become the next generation of European glassmakers.’

School or Style

studio glass
Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Colours composed of oxides
Rim Length 41.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Blowing : Blown glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Annette Meech 1987' and 'The Glasshouse 1987'
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-1999
Primary reference Number: 27253
Entry Form: 110
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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