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Dish

Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Stockholm (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haglund, Birger, born 1918 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand wrought silver with four, rectangular gold inserts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Mallet through Art Fund in memory of Helena Dahlbäck Lutteman

  • Museum number:

    M.51-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 5, shelf 1

This decorative silver dish, with its four small rectangular gold inserts, is the work of the Swedish silversmith and jeweller Birger Haglund (b.1918). The elegant, simple design, with its clean lines and minimal decoration, allows the beauty of the metal to speak for itself. Haglund’s work was often inspired by the simple forms of Swedish silver plates and beakers made in the period 1500-1600.

Haglund trained with master craftsmen in Köping and Kristianstad. He was also a trainee in the Atelier Borgila, the workshop of Erik Fleming (1894-1954), one of Sweden’s leading silversmiths. His experience of working abroad in South Africa, Afghanistan and the West Indies also subtly influenced his work. He has been one of the major figures and influences in Swedish post-war silversmithing, which in its turn has had an enormous international impact.

Physical description

The dish circular, resting on a circular base with a narrow, outwardly sloping wall; the rim a broad flange embellished by four rectangular gold inserts applied to the edge of the rim at quarter intervals. The hammer marks are left visible providing a softly planished sheen along with minor scratches and blemishes deliberately left unfinished by the silversmith.

Place of Origin

Stockholm (made)

Date

1991 (made)

Artist/maker

Haglund, Birger, born 1918 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand wrought silver with four, rectangular gold inserts

Marks and inscriptions

HAG in a rectangular lozenge, the maker's mark for Birger Haglund above the state mark, three crowns within a circle, (rubbed).
Makers's mark; Stamped on the underside of the base, forming a crucifix pattern with the three other marks.; Stamped

The sterling standard mark, 925 within a rectangualr lozenge.
Standard mark (Hallmark); Stamped on the underside of the base, forming a cruciform pattern with the other marks.; Stamped

A stylised crown, (the town mark for Stockholm?).
Town mark (Hallmark); Stamped on the underside of the base, forming a cruciform pattern with the other marks.; Stamped

P10 within a rectangular lozenge, the date letter for 1989.
Date; Stamped on the underside of the base, forming a cruciform pattern with the other marks.; Stamped; 1989

Dimensions

Diameter: 20.5 cm, Height: 1.6 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Haglund trained as a silversmith with master craftsmen in Köping and Kristianstad, worked as a trainee employee in the famous pre-war workshop, the Atelier Borglia of Erik Fleming and at various stages in his long career has worked in South Africa, Afghanistan and the West Indies which has subsequently influenced his work in various subtle directions. He has been one of the major figures and influences in Swedish post-war silversmithing which in turn has had an enormous international impact.

Descriptive line

Dish, Silver, Birger Haglund, Sweden, 1991

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

Vier jahrhunderte Schwedisches silber fur Konigshof und Burgerhaus, Munchen, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum 1991, cat.81.
Livstedt, Ake. Birger Haglund in Dahlbäck Lutteman, Helena and Lennart Lindkvist eds. Contemporary Swedish Design. Stockholm, Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Svensk Form / The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design, 1983 pp 28-31.

Materials

Sterling silver; Gold

Techniques

Hammered; Soldered

Categories

Metalwork

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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