Ian Hamilton FinlayU.S.S. Enterprise 1975-6

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Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925‑2006)
U.S.S. Enterprise
Date 1975-6
MediumScreenprint on ceramic tile
Dimensionsobject: 153 x 153 x 6 mm, 0.2 kg
Acquisition Bequeathed by David Brown in memory of Mrs Liza Brown 2003
Not on display

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One small round ceramic tile with a diameter of 153mm, 6 mm thick and weighing 0.202 kg. The glazed front has a stylised screen printed illustration and the text ‘USS ENTERPRISE’. Inside a slightly wobbly white line around the circumference of the tile is the inscription A CELEBRATION OF ◦ EARTH ◦ AIR ◦ FIRE ◦ WATER. This tile is one of an edition using the same image but in a different colour (T11767); and a version printed on a square tile (T11765).

Hamilton Finlay’s images for his series of seventeen tiles were executed by a commercial ceramic company. This tile was press moulded. The manufacturer’s inscription, ‘H&R JOHNSON LTD MADE IN ENGLAND 71 77’, can be seen between ridged rings on the unglazed reverse of the tile… (read more)

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