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Bowl - Acacia Oraria

Acacia Oraria

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Adelaide (made)

  • Date:

    2007 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blyfield, Julie, born 1957 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fine silver

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Julie Blyfield is one of Australia's leading silversmiths and jewellers. Her work has kept pace with current investigations of location, identity and cross cultural understandings, and involves an innovative and sustained engagement with traditional jewellery and metalwork techniques.

Blyfield's work has rich intellectual layers and explores many aspects of Australian flora as well as aspects of Australian history, including encounters with Aboriginal culture, the early settlement of the city of Adelaide and migration. She also incorporates metalwork traditions for all over the world that she has learnt through various mentors, through independent study and experimentation and investigations in European museum collections.

The jewellery and objects Julie Blyfield has produced over the last twenty years are absolutely contemporary and fresh, while carrying resonant echoes from the past. Through its sensitive making, her work strongly asserts the importance of respect for time, place and belonging, combined with a finely tuned mixture of restraint and playfulness.

Julie Blyfield is widely respected maker, not only throughout Australia but increasingly across Europe as well.

Physical description

Bowl of fine silver, rising from a narrow circular base, the sides flare outwards, everted lip, the whole vessel chased completely with a leaf design.

Place of Origin

Adelaide (made)


2007 (made)


Blyfield, Julie, born 1957 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Fine silver


Height: 12.7 cm, Diameter: 13.9 cm

Object history note

Purchased at Collect, V&A, 2008 from Galerie Ra, Amsterdam

Descriptive line

"Acacia Oraria", silver, (999), raised and chased, designed and made by Julie Blyfield, Gray Street Workshop, Adelaide, Australia, 2007

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

Stephanie Radok and Dick Richards, Julie Blyfield, Adelaide, Wakefield Press, 2007. pp.102-104. ill. ISBN. 978-1-86254-763-6


Fine silver


Raising; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Leaf motifs


Containers; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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