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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burton, Michael (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf B, box 1

Silversmith and jeweller Michael Burton (1949-2011) studied at the Yeovil Technical College and then at the Sir John Cass School of Art London. After leaving the Cass in 1973, he returned to Somerset and continued to make both jewellery and larger objects. His work is characterised by its fine carving and his interest in figurative subjects.

This ring, a square hoop ornamented with a finely detailed three-storey house, was first shown at the Loot Exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall and subsequently acquired by the V&A. Michael Burton explored the idea of using a three-dimensional house on other rings and on larger objects such as a tea-set in which the teapot is covered with a number of miniature buildings.

Physical description

Silver ring, the bezel in the form of a tall building, London hallmarks for 1975 and maker's mark for Michael Burton

Place of Origin

London (made)


1975 (made)


Burton, Michael (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1975

Maker's mark for Michael Burton


Height: 7.2 cm, Width: 2.2 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the first Loot Exhibition, Goldsmiths' Hall, 1975. It was chosen by Paul Podolsky as his favourite piece as a judge. The most popular of the six pieces was added to the permanent collection at Goldsmiths Hall and each of the prize winners was given a prize by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
This ring was purchased by the V&A for £45.

Michael Burton died in 2011.

Descriptive line

Silver ring, the bezel in the form of a tall building, London hallmarks for 1975 and maker's mark for Michael Burton, London, 1975.



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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