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Tall Lidded Jar: C.45 & A-2006

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Tall Lidded Jar


Waal, Edmund de (Potter)


Porcelain, with impressed 'seal marks' coloured blue under pale celadon glaze

Porcelain, thrown, and impressed in two places with seal marks coloured blue under pale celadon glaze. Cylindrical with uneven, slightly tapering sides and visible throwing marks, narrow shoulder, and short unglazed neck. The base has a glazed central circular depression surrounded by a concave area, and a flat unglazed edge which has been scored with criss-cross lines. The sides are decorated in two places with impressed 'seal marks, touched with blue: a group of three near the top, and one further to the right about half way down The circular cover has straight sides and very slightly convex top. Its interior is unglazed except for a circle in the centre. A black felt circle has been applied to the outer edge of the base


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.2 cm
Height: 50 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-11-21) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: ` CE 1999


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: In this series of works, de Waal was testing the boundaries of vesselmaking in porcelain through stretching and distorting the thrown forms. Edmund de Waal: ‘These lidded jars were my attempt to make impossible porcelain vessels – to try and create objects that looked as if they had some utility but had none. And to escape the small and precious aura that hung miasmically around porcelain. These jars became progressively more and more etiolated until their instability made them literally impossible.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of cobalt Cover: Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

Celadon glaze Porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcel
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45 & A-2006
Primary reference Number: 136927
Entry form: 824
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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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