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Aura VII Torso: C.11-1999

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Aura VII Torso


Romanelli, Bruno (Glassmaker)


Clear glass, cast, sandblasted, and polished. A narrow rectangular pillar indented with the outline of a human torso with a nipple. The surface of the indentation is sandblasted. Within the glass there are various indeterminate misty markings.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.9 cm
Height: 41.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1999-04-23) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Production date: AD 1999


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Bruno Romanelli studied at Staffordshire Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. He was studio assistant to Colin Reid before establishing an independent workshop in London in 1996 with the aid of a Crafts Council setting-up grant. He designed the lettering for the Glass Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has been on the Board and Artistic Advisory Council of North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland and continues to develop and exhibit works internationally. This piece was made using the lost-wax process. It was one of a series of pieces in which the glass described the space around the body rather than the body itself, hence the title. The work was about the idea of memory (i.e. the body is not actually there anymore, just the memory), and the cast was of the artist’s own body.

School or Style

studio glass

Components of the work

Bottom Width 13.1 cm
Top Width 14.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Clear glass, cast, sandblasted, and polished
Sandblasting Polishing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Bruno/Romanelli/1999/B109
  • Location: On the base
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1999
Primary reference Number: 27263
Entry form number: 109
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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