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Cake slice

Cake slice

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lloyd, Michael, born 1950 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, 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

Michael Lloyd is especially distinguished for his beautiful flat chasing of themes form nature. He draws directly from life and “is able to distil the essence of a form; the clarity and rhythm of his emotive images… and strong simple forms produce pieces of quiet harmony which are... timeless”. This server reflects the long oval shape of two hundred years ago; but unlike those, the filled handles of which lie in the plane of the blade, the artist has continued the apple theme of the blade on to the very substantial handle that lifts from the blade. Even that butt end is exquisitely finished- although, alas, not visible in the illustration. Lloyd has carried the chasing right to the edge of the blade, as he has frequently done on the rims of beakers and cups, he explains that “Nature is ongoing; it is not appropriate to break it off prematurely”. He bears witness to the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Physical description

The blade is a symmetrical long, oval, near-navette shape. The sheet blade is unpierced and completely chased to the edges with apples, part leaves, and leaf stems ending in points. The handle is chased with repeated rectangles of four intersecting leaf parts set in file on six swirled linear panels. The handle has a polished end piece and a five-faceted heavy boss that is integrated with the faceted rising lift. The butt of the handle is chased with four intersecting part apples. Lloyd is a skilled silversmith and does his own raising and forging.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (hallmarked)


1992 (made)


Lloyd, Michael, born 1950 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, chased

Marks and inscriptions

Edinburgh hallmarks for 1992

Mark of Michael Lloyd


Length: 36.7 cm, Weight: 450 g, Height: 6 cm, Width: 10 cm

Object history note

Fairfax House Fish & Cake slice exhibition RF.2004/419

Historical context note

Part of a collection of fish slices commissioned by Professor Rabinovitch from contemporary North American and British makers.

Descriptive line

Silver, Edinburgh hallmarks for 1992, mark of Michael Lloyd

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

Benton Seymour Rabinovitch and Helen Clifford, Contemporary Silver, commissioning designing collecting, London, Merrell, pp.64-65. 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]






Eating; Metalwork; Scotland


Metalwork Collection

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