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Tea and the Indian Bird: C.98-1997

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Tea and the Indian Bird


Lowe, Liz (Glassmaker)


Clear glass, blown into a soft sand mould, sandblasted, hand-painted in white, pale purple, and grey enamels and lustres. The vase is of squashed elongated oval form, standing on a narrow irregularly shaped four-sided base. The left side bulges outwards more than the right. On the front there is a teapot in a square border with a zig-zag line extending downwards from it towards a bird, who stands on a chequered form which rises out of waves. Above are six half eggs on a rectangle and above them, three circular dishes. On the other side there is a spotted gold square rising out of waves, with above, a ladder, a ball and ? nails, and to the left three circular dishes over a black bar with white spots. Round the top there are four rows of spots.


History note: Purchased from the Crafts Council Shop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.1 cm
Width: 11 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-12-05) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: CE 1997


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Liz Lowe studied Ceramics and Glass at Leicester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. Surface patterns are often inspired by textiles and are created through painting directly onto the glass surfaces with enamels and lustres. Areas of the surface are sandblasted to create opaque, matt elements through which the shadows of the marks on each side emerge to blend with the foreground marks.

School or Style

studio glass Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( white, pale purple, and grey) gold Parts: composed of glass

Techniques used in production

Mould-blowing : Clear glass, blown into a soft sand mould, sandblasted, hand-painted in white, pale purple, and grey enamels and gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.98-1997
Primary reference Number: 27245
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 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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