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Three-Cornered Bowl: C.19-2000

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© Pauline Solven. Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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Three-Cornered Bowl


Solven, Pauline (Glassmaker)


Free-blown glass, with turquoise, brown, yellow, and orange colour picked up from the marver, inlaid, and etched. Three-cornered, with deep sides rising from a circular, ground flat base. The colours form an abstract design of triangles, streaks, spots, and coiling chains.


History note: Purchased from the Crafts Council in February 1995 by the TSB, London, from which it passed to Lloyds TSB Plc, 71 Lombard Street, London, from whom it was purchased by the donors

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.2 cm
Width: 22.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-10-09) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Production date: CE 1992


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Pauline Solven studied at Stourbridge College of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, London, completing her Masters of Design in 1968. Following a year as studio assistant to Asa Brandt (b.1940) in Sweden, she was invited by Sam Herman (b.1936) to become the studio manager at the Glasshouse, London. She worked as resident member at the Glasshouse for five years before establishing her own studio in Gloucestershire in 1975, followed by setting up the Cowdy Glass studio in 1978 with Harry Cowdy (b.1944). She was a founder member of the British Artists in Glass association and established the Cowdy Gallery in 1990, creating a highly regarded forum for exhibiting and collecting contemporary glass, before closing both Cowdy Glass and Gallery in 2004. Her experimental approach to layering of colour and light has recently found new expression in a body of work in the medium of digital photography. Pauline Solven: ‘My approach has always been painterly, with themes drawn from the natural world and seascapes: the shape of sails against the horizon; triangles of colour and light that developed into a series of three-cornered vessels that allow an element of surprise with each new angle of viewing.’

School or Style

studio glass

Components of the work

Parts: composed of orange glass turquoise glass yellow glass brown glass Decoration:

Techniques used in production

Free-blown : Free-blown glass, with turquoise, brown, yellow, and orange colour, picked up, inlaid and etched

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Pauline Solven 1992
  • Location: On the outside just above the base
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-2000
Primary reference Number: 27268
Entry form number: 138
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Audit data

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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