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Fish slice

Fish slice

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1996 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brogden, Alex, born 1954 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast, pierced and chased

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Professor B. Seymour Rabinovitch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Alex Brogden's fascination with the reflective quality of silver, so well represented in his electroformed "ripple" dishes, is harnessed in this server to create an object balanced between movement and calm, lightness and strength, the organic and the geometric, and the natural and the man made. This server catches something of the essence of Art Deco as well as a sense of speeding through water; its artful design also conveys a sense of flight.

Physical description

The blade is made from fourteen gauge silver sheet, cut and filed into a navette shape and bevelled on both edges. The rear portion is waved, the leading point is pierced with small wave forms. The handle rests on an aerodynamically, forward pitched lift of shaped, oval cross section. It supports, under the leading quarter, a cast, symetrical, pointed, elongated ellipsoid that is corrugated along its length with a wave form; the handle "streams out" from behind the blade.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (hallmarked)


1996 (made)


Brogden, Alex, born 1954 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast, pierced and chased

Marks and inscriptions

Sheffield hallmarks for 1996

Mark of Alex Brogden


Length: 35.5 cm, Weight: 647 g

Object history note

Fish & Cake slice exhibition RF.2004/419

Descriptive line

Silver, Sheffield hallmarks for 1996, mark of Alex Brogden.

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

Rabinovitch, Benton Seymour and Helen Clifford, Contemporary Silver; commissioning, designing, collecting, London, Merrell, 2000. pp36-37. ill. ISBN. 1858941040

Labels and date

This collection of silver slices, all commissioned over a period of twenty years by Professor Benton Seymour Rabinovitch FRS, is proof of the skill and diversity of contemporary silversmiths. Each artist craftsman has responded to the familiar functional form of the slice in an individual way, producing an astonishingly diverse range of interpretations. Each piece becomes an enchanting, decorative work of art. Professor Rabinovitch established a close rapport with each artist, always encouraging a freedom of creative expression. The response of these silversmiths has been not only to be strikingly imaginative but also to honour him by giving him their best work.

This collection is testimony to the significant contribution that one individual can make to supporting the craft of silversmithing. After commissioning work from some of the most illustrious names in British and North American silversmithing, Professor Rabinovitch has very generously donated his entire collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum, through the American Friends of the V&A. [2005]




Casting; Piercing; Chasing


Eating; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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