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Colour Saturation: Vessel in White, Black and Red: C.14-2018

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Colour Saturation: Vessel in White, Black and Red


Reid, Colin (Glassmaker)


Kiln-cast glass dish, twice fired, battuto cut and polished.

Large almost-flat circular dish. The upper side a wide horzontal polished rim around a concave matt centre. The underside convex. Thin stripes of colour - red and black fading through to white - cut vertically through the otherise clear glass, such that from most directions the dish appears fully coloured.

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the Art Fund. Purchased by the donors from Adrian Sassoon.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 47 cm
Height: 7.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-11-19) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Battuto (meaning struck or beaten) is a cold working finishing treatment used by Venetian glassmakers in which a grinding wheel is employed to mark the surface of the glass. This dish is different from Reid’s earlier work. Here, he uses strips of optical glass tinted with pigment; the piece is kiln-cast, polished and ‘battuto’ cut underneath, with an indentation on top.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft studio glass

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-2018
Primary reference Number: 225778
Entry form number: 1371
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 5 December 2018 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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