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Tickle: C.4-2004

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Flynn, Michael (Potter)


Group of three figures, porcelain with semi-opaque white glaze, painted in blue, and pinkish-red. Three nude figures, a man, a woman, and a man with a boar-like head, each tickling the waist of the one in front, in a tangled continuous group supported on the toes of one of each figure's feet. The man leans back, and has his left arm behind his back; the woman leans forward towards him with her left arm bent up, and the other outstretched, and the boar-headed man leans right forward so that his back is almost flat.


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DD, from which purchased on 26 February 2004 by the donors

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.4 cm
Length: 34.5 cm

Relative size of this object

34.5 cm26.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Cardiff ⪼ Wales

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2004-04-26) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD/CE 2003


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: ‘Each piece seems to contain an internal fight, a clashing of gentility and violence, of soft and hard, sensitivity and wantonness. I tend to think that this is partly a result of Flynn’s long-standing interest in the 18th century, which gave us at the same time Meissen, Fragonard, Fuseli, and Goya.’ Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

School or Style

Contemporary Craft Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of oxide colours ( blue and red)

Materials used in production

Glaze Porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) Modelled

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-2004
Primary reference Number: 98861
Entry form: 603
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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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