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  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Slee, Richard, born 1946 (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, handbuilt, with white, yellow and blue glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 14, shelf 3

This jaunty, frilled 'horn of plenty' form recalls ornamental ceramics of the 18th century, and later mass-produced versions of these elite objects. It reflects Richard Slee's interest in ornaments and their place in people's lives.

The highly-finished surface, with its subtle shading of one glaze into the next, contrasts wittily with the roughly modelled legs, which have a provisional, spontaneous appearance.

Physical description

Cornucopia form with a frill at the mouth and a spiralling tip, glazed in blue on the outside and white on the inside, standing on three roughly-shaped legs glazed in yellow.


1983 (made)


Slee, Richard, born 1946 (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, handbuilt, with white, yellow and blue glazes

Marks and inscriptions

'RICHARD SLEE', incised


Depth: 35.50 cm, Height: 23.40 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: V&A Craft Shop

RF number: 83/201

Descriptive line

Earthenware cornucopia form on three legs, Richard Slee, 1983.

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

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990



Subjects depicted



Studio Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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