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Server

Server

  • Place of origin:

    Toronto (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barros, Anne, born 1939 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, forged and etched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Professor B. Seymour Rabinovitch

  • Museum number:

    M.130-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The surface has been etched with a travel route map of the border of the state of Montana abutting the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan; and with lesser overlaps of adjacent provinces and states. The server is a very personal expression by an individual who is keenly aware of their ties to both countries (USA and Canada). The selection of the particular geographic border region depicted (Western as opposed to Eastern) was guided by an aesthetic appreciation of the unobstructed arched sweep of the 49th parallel. This article is a purely contemporary and original artistic conception.

Physical description

The blade of the slice is a tip-truncated trowel shape. It is fashioned from two partially overlapping sheets of 14-gauge sterling silver. The surface has been etched with a travel route map of the border of the state of Montana abutting the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan; and with lesser overlaps of adjacent provinces and states. The handle consists of five forged flowing irregular strips that form a tight box at their junction near the rear of the blade surface. They rise, spread and interpenetrate as they arch over to make a somewhat flexible springy handle.

Place of Origin

Toronto (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Barros, Anne, born 1939 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, forged and etched

Dimensions

Length: 28.2 cm, Weight: 304 g

Historical context note

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

Descriptive line

Server, silver, Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 2004, designed and made by Anne Baros

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

Benton Seymour Rabinovitch, Contemporary Silver, Part II Recent Commissions, Seattle, RAB Associates, 2005, pp.74-5. 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]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Etching (corroding)

Subjects depicted

Map

Categories

Eating; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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