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Narcissus: C.17-1997

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Current Location: In storage




Potter: Trim, Judy




Dish of coiled, and burnished earthenware decorated on both sides with geometrical designs in coloured slips and metallic lustres.

Dish, of coiled, slipped, and burnished earthenware, decorated with dark red, purple, and pale terracotta slips, and gold, silver, and 'bronze' metallic lustres enclosed by lines. Circular with a wide slightly sloping rim, and deep curved well, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with a gemometrical design with a mainly gold rim. The back has a different geometrical design, and the foot is purple overlaid by gold.


History note: Judy Trim, from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 46.9 cm
Height: 9.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-04-28) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1994


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Judy Trim studied Painting and Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham from 1961 to 1964. She then worked as an art teacher in London and from the mid-1970s began making pots full-time, creating delicate and attenuated vessel and bowl forms which gained international acclaim. Her vessels were constructed in a slow and controlled fashion, building from coils of clay into shapes that appeared to float or be airborne. Surfaces are built up over many firings with layers of coloured slip and on-glaze precious metal lustres. The fact that this work balances on a narrow foot, and thus requires care in its handling, was important to her. The soft but lively palette of colours are signature aspects of Trim’s later work.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( dark red, purple, pale terracotta) metallic lustre ( gold, silver, ? copper appearing bronze-coloured)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Coiled : Earthenware, coiled and burnished, and decorated with coloured slips and metallic lustres
Burnishing (polishing)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JT
  • Location: On underside of foot
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1997
Primary reference Number: 81973
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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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