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Long dish: M.19-2000

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Long dish


Behennah, Dail (Maker)


Poleuti cane, tinned copper wire, and crimps. Of elongated eliptical form with a dip in the middle.


History note: Purchased from the Crafts Council, London

Legal notes

Gift of Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Length: 99 cm
Width: 18 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-11-20) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD/CE 1998


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Dail Behennah studied Geography at the University of Birmingham and completed a postgraduate diploma in Local History at the University of Kent in 1982. A three-year part-time study of basketry at the London College of Furniture in London led to her establishing a full-time studio in 1990, constructing vessels and other forms using willow, the traditional British basket-making material. As her work developed, Behennah began experimenting with a wide range of materials, ranging from steel cable to copper and enamel although willow remains central in her work. All her structures arise from her study of the history and techniques of basketmaking, but forms are developed through improvising new approaches to these traditions. The dish was part of a series of five forms constructed from poelut cane a form of fine rattan which still has shiny, inner bark. The slow, incremental method of construction lends itself to natural forms. Poelut cane has subsequently become harder to obtain and Behennah has not worked with this material since 2000. Dail Behennah: “I enjoyed the slow rhythmic stitching of these coiled pieces. The placing of each coil changes the form of the basket I was constantly making decisions. At the centre the piece grew very quickly, but by the time the edge had been reached each coil took over two hours so stitch”.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Part: composed of cane (plant material) ( poleuti) copper ( wire)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19-2000
Primary reference Number: 28462
Entry form number: 143
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 1 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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