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Lidded Jar: C.17 & A-1998

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Lidded Jar


Waal, Edmund de (Potter)


Limoges porcelain, thrown, and covered with very pale bluish-green, translucent, celadon glaze. Cylindrical slightly squashed on one side, with horizontal throwing rings, and two spaced horizontal `seams'. The jar has a short shoulder, with an incurved placement for the lid, which is circular with straight sides, and a very slightly convex top. The jar is decorated with a large, a medium, and a small applied darn motif, the medium-sized more or less below the large, and the small, lower and further to the left. The glaze is applied to the interior and to the exterior, except for the base, the placement for the lid, and the lower edge of the lid. The glaze is irregularly crazed inside and outside (presumably deliberately).


History note: Purchased by the donors from the Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London, W1P 9FA

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8 cm
Height: 20 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

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: Edmund de Waal has become one of the most high-profile contemporary potters working in the UK today. He studied English at the University of Cambridge, and Ceramics with the potter Geoffrey Whiting (1919–88) and also in Japan. His scholarship of both the history and practice of ceramics has been recognized in a succession of museum shows, both nationally and internationally, as both curator and artist, including at the Geffrye Museum (2002–03); The Fitzwilliam Museum (2013–14) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (2014). His current work is characterized by large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, inspired by an interest in the relationships between ceramics, architecture and music. He is also an acclaimed author. The Hare with Amber Eyes, published in 2011, has been translated into 30 languages and has won significant literary prizes. He was awarded an OBE for services to art in 2011. In 2014 Emma Crichton- Miller wrote a monograph on his work, which was published by Phaidon.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Lid Diameter 6 cm

Materials used in production

bluish-green Celadon glaze Porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Limoges porcelain, thrown, and covered with very pale bluish-green, translucent, celadon glaze

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17 & A-1998
Primary reference Number: 28673
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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