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Fish slice

Fish slice

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marriott, Helen, born 1958 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and shagreen, the silver blade with a bevelled edge and pierced

  • 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

This highly functional and attractive server emphasises its marine association. The green shagreen refers directly to the ocean. The circles incorporated in blade and boss refers to the artist’s philosophical outlook.

Physical description

The blade is a sturdy polished trowel with bevelled edge. It is decorated with four pierced circles-a theme that the artist exploits. The handle is a short cannon shape and is clothed with green shagreen. The blade joins the handle through an intervening large heavy ring boss.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (hallmarked)


2001 (made)


Marriott, Helen, born 1958 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and shagreen, the silver blade with a bevelled edge and pierced

Marks and inscriptions

Edinburgh hallmarks for 2001

Mark of Helen Marriott


Length: 28 cm, Weight: 335 g

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 2001, mark of Helen Marriott

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

Benton Seymour Rabinovitch, Contemporary Silver, Part II Recent Commissions, Seattle, RAB Associates, 2005, pp.30-31. ill.

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]


Silver; Shagreen


Bevelling; Piercing


Eating; Metalwork; Scotland


Metalwork Collection

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