Fish Slice

2001 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver and shagreen, the silver blade with a bevelled edge and pierced
Brief Description
Silver, Edinburgh hallmarks for 2001, mark of Helen Marriott
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 28cm
  • Weight: 335g
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Edinburgh hallmarks for 2001
  • Mark of Helen Marriott
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Professor B. Seymour Rabinovitch
Historical context
Part of a collection of fish slices commissioned by Professor Rabinovitch from contemporary North American and British makers.
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Benton Seymour Rabinovitch, Contemporary Silver, Part II Recent Commissions, Seattle, RAB Associates, 2005, pp.30-31. ill.
Other Number
LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.89-2005 - previous loan number
Collection
Accession Number
M.62-2008

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record createdMay 9, 2008
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