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Cake slice

Cake slice

  • Place of origin:

    London (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McCrory, Michael, born 1943 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, forged 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 server encapsulates the principles of elegance through simplicity of form and decoration. The blade celebrates the high polish that silver takes while its satisfyingly solid mass is rendered light through the central opening and twenty one drilled decorative holes. The sense of delicacy combined with strength is carried up into the arched handle which echoes the curvaceous lines of the blade. Michael McCrory has achieved a harmony of form and function, sculptural presence and line.

Physical description

The lyre shaped blade is sharpened on the ends and the blade halves are strengthened by a sub-surface join towards the front end. The blade carries a simple decorative design of pierced holes that outlines its inner division. An anticlastic hollow handle rises up at an acute angle at the rear. It curls forward so that the hand is over the blade, the long extent of which provides a considerable useful surface.

Place of Origin

London (hallmarked)


1998 (made)


McCrory, Michael, born 1943 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, forged and pierced

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1998

Mark of Michael McCrory


Height: 20.5 cm, Length: 23.5 cm, Weight: 399 g

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, London hallmarks for 1998, mark of Michael McCrory

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

Benton Seymour Rabinovitch and Helen Clifford, Contemporary Silver, commissioning designing collecting, London, Merrell, pp.68-9. 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]




Forging; Piercing


Eating; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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