The Old Glass Vase

Hugh Micklem (1918 - 2009)

Oil on canvas

1953

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    Everyday interior decoration items, reflective of an early 1950s domestic setting, are brought together to form the subject of this still life titled after the old glass vase in the left middle-ground. The warm red and soft pink of the draped textiles contrast with the hard surfaces of a small ashtray, bronze bowl, cut glass vase and green bottle. Two sports figurines wearing 1940s clothing and hairstyles contribute to the period feel of the painting. Hugh Micklem was still studying at both the Central School of Arts and Crafts and Westminster School of Art when he was called to serve in the Second World War. The prominence of objects in this painting reflects Micklem’s interest in design which he pursued at the Harrow School of Art at the close of the war.
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    Title
    The Old Glass Vase
    Date
    1953
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 76.50 cm, width: 56.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Cooling Galleries, October 1955
    Inscription
    bl: Hugh Micklem 53
    GAC number
    3349