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Wavy Holly bowl: M.483-2015

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Wavy Holly bowl


Maker: Bryant, Anthony




Holly wood, green turned and sanded.

Large bowl with wavy rim and narrow, flat base. Irregular, roughly globular, shape with a large opening at the top and a smooth surface inside and out. The material is pale holly wood with dark markings and rim and a very narrow split in the body, all natural properties of the wood.

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Lady Judith Goodison through the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Width: 31 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-07-13) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Production date: AD 2015


Anthony Bryant (b.1960 ) lives in West Cornwall. He is internationally recognised for his work in 'green' woodturning and also paints vibrantly coloured abstracts. He stretches the potential of the wood to its limits, producing works which are unusually large and thin for the materials he chooses. He says: ‘I am not concerned with function in my work. Instead, I prefer to explore the sculptural potential of the vessel at the physical limits of woodturning. My driving aim is to create powerful forms with poise and presence’.

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Anthony Bryant began his experiments with woodturning when still at school, after discovering a nineteenth-century treadle in his father’s workshop. Following a short-lived career in banking, he took a course with woodturner Mike Law in North Cornwall before establishing his own woodturning studio in 1980. For the past thirty years or so, Bryant has developed a unique body of sculptural vessel forms, turning wood when green and working with the natural drying processes to create the final form. His mastery of this particular technique has led to an international programme of exhibitions and collections and he continues to work from his home in West Cornwall.

Materials used in production

holly Wood

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Anthony Bryant / HOLLY / 2015
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.483-2015
Primary reference Number: 204646
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Created: Wednesday 22 July 2015 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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