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Cobalt Blue Agate Geode: C.46 & A-2017

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Cobalt Blue Agate Geode


Jarman, Angela (Maker)


Lead crystal, cast and polished, with mixed blue murrini insert.

Cobalt blue lead crystal vessel, produced by lost wax casting, with mixed blue murrini cover. The vessel has a near-spherical shape with a wide mouth. The outside is polished; the interior is multifaceted with a rough surface; the walls are thick with an indented rim around the mouth to hold the insert; the underside is flat, circular and polished. The insert is a smooth, flat disc, with an off-centre circular hole, coloured with irregular, roughly concentric bands of fused opaque grey, blue, turquoise, pink and red glass. Between the bands and in the centre are wider areas of translucent cobalt blue glass, in which cell-like forms can be seen.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB from where purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20 cm
Height: 12.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2017-10-20) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: CE 2017


Angela Jarman (b.1971, London) studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art and is a freelance lecturer in glass sculpting. Her glass sculptures, produced by lost wax casting, explore form, texture, colour and light, and comment on the impact of scientific developments, such as genetic modification, on nature. She seeks to: ‘create pieces which have a sense of beauty, but which also have a quality which makes them slightly strange and disturbing, [with] a lurking sense of unease.”

Murrini, glass mosaic that resembles agate stone, is characterised by fusing together differently coloured glass into concentric streaks, typically of purple and white. The process was known in Roman times and rediscovered by Venetian glass-makers in the 16th and 19th centuries.

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting : Glass, cast and polished, with murrini insert.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Angela Jarman 2017
  • Location: Around side of base
  • Method of creation: Etched
  • Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.46 & A-2017
Primary reference Number: 223080
Entry form no.: 1336
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Created: Tuesday 12 December 2017 Updated: Friday 9 April 2021 Last processed: Saturday 10 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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