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Lidded Container - Conditions For Ornament 28

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David Cripps

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2002L39
Collection:Applied Art - Metalwork
Date:1996 - 1966

Maker Information

Metal worker:Michael Rowe - View biography for Michael Rowe


The Conditions for Ornament series dominated Rowe's work from the late 1980s to the late '90s. It is his largest series and the most complex in its points of reference. It is full of dualities and opposites: twisting, tumbling movement, set against stasis and monumentality; precise geometric form dressed in a sensuous surface. Works in the series look both inwards, to themselves and their own conic geometry and identity as containers, and outwards to their relationship with physical space and engagement with the viewer.

A sequence of conical forms is assembled to create a monumental vessel, weighty, massive and static.

Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society Special Collections Scheme for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 2002.

Further Information

Medium:Gilding metal, fabricated and overlaid with gold leaf.
Material(s):Gold Leaf
Place of Origin:London


Height:36.0 cm
Width:21.0 cm
Depth:21.0 cm