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Rondo No 2: C.13 & A-1999

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Current Location: In storage


Rondo No 2


Glassmaker: Clegg, Tessa




Cast clear bubbly glass and opaque, white-veined turquoise glass. Cylindrical clear glass base with flat base top, containing a central, squat, frosted container. Concave circular white-veined turquoise glass cover with a central tapering stopper on the underside, which fits into the mouth of the container in the base.


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

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1999-07-12) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1997


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Tessa Clegg studied Glassmaking between 1979 and 1982 at Stourbridge College of Art. She established an independent studio in London and began to design and develop ideas for glass vessels using the ancient pâte de verre technique which had been receiving renewed attention from, among others, her college tutor, Keith Cummings (b.1940). Her pursuit of the perfectly proportioned vessel involved considerable technical experiment, culminating in a series of pleated bowls in which she was able to control both inside and outside surfaces, and the introduction of colour through pioneering a technique of frit casting in a kiln, using a mould made by the lost-wax technique. By the late 1990s, following an international programme of exhibitions, she produced the first in a series of more formal sculptural works, cast in glass. These still drew on the functional form, but abstracted and simplified the detail to allow greater play of inner and outer structures. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Glass. ‘These works have a monumentality of visual concept … each piece of glass takes time to appreciate; it creeps discreetly into subconscious awareness, thereafter claiming attention. There are no complications, but equally there are no concessions.’ Jennifer Opie, former Curator of Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum A life history interview with Tessa Clegg is available at

School or Style

studio glass

Components of the work

Parts composed of turquoise glass ( with opaque white veins) lead-glass
Base Diameter 16.3 cm Height 5.9 cm
Cover Diameter 16.5 cm
Central Container

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Cast clear bubbly glass and opaque, white-veined turquoise glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Tessa Clegg '97 2/9
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.13 & A-1999
Primary reference Number: 27224
Entry form: 110
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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