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Quantum Pocket II: C.107-1992

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Fritsch, Elizabeth




Stoneware, coiled, incised, and painted with coloured slips

Red stoneware, hand-built, incised, and painted with pale and dark blue, green, yellow, reddish-brown and black slips. Oval with a small flattened base, convex front and slightly concave back, the oval mouth cut lower at the front than at the back. The front is decorated with a geometrical pattern and has a reddish-brown band round the mouth; the back is black with a narrow yellow band and a wide blue band round the edge. The interior is yellow with greenish-blue spattering at the top of the back. The base is blue


History note: Commissioned from the potter

Legal notes

Bought by the Friends of the Museum from Elizabeth Fritsch, with a grant from Eastern Arts Association

Measurements and weight

Height: 32 cm
Width: 24.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-11-23) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1992


Label text from the exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery’ on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 20 March until 17 June 2018: Fritsch’s hand-built vessels are instantly recognisable. They feature complex geometric designs, often partly formed from carefully incised clay. As seen here, many of her works have a flattened perspective, and have been described as similar to a representation of a pot that one might see in a painting. She has described her working methods as, ‘experimental and improvised at every stage. No drawing or detailed plans are made in advance.’

This is a version with different colouring of Fritsch's 'Quantum Pocket: from the EucalyptusGarden of the Villa at Triste-Le-Roy', 1984, see Documentation.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Coiling : Red stoneware, hand-built, incised, and painted with pale and dark blue, green, yellow, reddish-brown and black slips

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.107-1992
Primary reference Number: 71270
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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