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Figure - Rakker mit gouden trannen (Rascal with golden tears)
  • Rakker mit gouden trannen (Rascal with golden tears)
    Smit, Carolein, born 1960
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Rakker mit gouden trannen (Rascal with golden tears)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Breda (made)

  • Date:

    2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smit, Carolein, born 1960 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with coloured glazes and lustre

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired through the generosity of Gerard and Sarah Griffin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 141, The McAulay Gallery, case 3, shelf 1

Dutch artist Carolein Smit produces figurative sculptures of melancholy beauty which evoke feelings of attraction and repulsion. While often taking animals as their subject, her works frequently explore themes of humanity, innocence and vulnerability, and are often of quasi-religious character. The poignant Rakker met gouden tranen (Rascal with golden tears) suggests ideas of guilt and redemption.

Physical description

Earthenware figure of a sitting black and white dog, with lowered head. Tears in the form of beads painted with gold lustre descend from the dogs eyes down his front.

Place of Origin

Breda (made)


2009 (made)


Smit, Carolein, born 1960 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with coloured glazes and lustre

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 51 cm, Width: 23 cm, Depth: 32 cm

Object history note

Shown by Flatland Gallery at the art fair Collect 2010, Saatchi Gallery, London.

Descriptive line

Figure, earthenware with coloured glazes, 'Rakker mit gouden trannen' (Rascal with golden tears), Carolein Smit, Netherlands, 2009.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

V&A Ceramics and Glass Collection Object Information File


Earthenware; Lustre

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Studio Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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