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Cake slice

Cake slice

  • Place of origin:

    California (made)

  • Date:

    1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gaynard, Skip, born 1955 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and Delrin

  • 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 is indeed eminently functional, but most striking in its introduction of the dramatic impact of colour on silver. The blue handle. Studded pique-style with silver stars, makes this very bold piece also quite ethereal. The asymmetry of the blade gives this server a very contemporary feeling.

Physical description

The server is of trowel shape with a pronouncedly asymmetric form. It is bevelled on the left edges and elongated at the right tip and left rear so as to provide the possibility of different useful functions. The boss and stem lift are forged and attach along the rear right under-edge of the blade. The handle is blue dyes and is starred with silver dots; it is held in a conical ferrule and end cap. The former attaches to the lift, and the latter to an irregular, two-faces finial piece, each on a short square shaft.

Place of Origin

California (made)


1995 (made)


Gaynard, Skip, born 1955 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and Delrin

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed: STERLING

Mark of Skip Gaynard


Length: 31 cm, Weight: 230 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 and delrin, USA, Fresno, California, 1995, designed and made by Skip Gaynard

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

Benton Seymour Rabinovitch and Helen Clifford, Contemporary Silver, commissioning designing collecting, London, Merrell, pp.124-5. 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]


Silver; Synthetic


Bevelling; Forging; Dyeing


Eating; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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