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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Ring

1975 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Silversmith and jeweller Michael Burton (1949-2011) studied at the Yeovil Technical College and then at the Sir John Cass School of Art London. After leaving the Cass in 1973, he returned to Somerset and continued to make both jewellery and larger objects. His work is characterised by its fine carving and his interest in figurative subjects.

This ring, a square hoop ornamented with a finely detailed three-storey house, was first shown at the Loot Exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall and subsequently acquired by the V&A. Michael Burton explored the idea of using a three-dimensional house on other rings and on larger objects such as a tea-set in which the teapot is covered with a number of miniature buildings.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver
Brief Description
Silver ring, the bezel in the form of a tall building, London hallmarks for 1975 and maker's mark for Michael Burton, London, 1975.
Physical Description
Silver ring, the bezel in the form of a tall building, London hallmarks for 1975 and maker's mark for Michael Burton
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.2cm
  • Width: 2.2cm
  • Depth: 1.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • marks (London hallmarks for 1975)
  • mark (Maker's mark for Michael Burton)
Object history
Purchased from the first Loot Exhibition, Goldsmiths' Hall, 1975. It was chosen by Paul Podolsky as his favourite piece as a judge. The most popular of the six pieces was added to the permanent collection at Goldsmiths Hall and each of the prize winners was given a prize by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

This ring was purchased by the V&A for £45.



Michael Burton died in 2011.
Subject depicted
Summary
Silversmith and jeweller Michael Burton (1949-2011) studied at the Yeovil Technical College and then at the Sir John Cass School of Art London. After leaving the Cass in 1973, he returned to Somerset and continued to make both jewellery and larger objects. His work is characterised by its fine carving and his interest in figurative subjects.



This ring, a square hoop ornamented with a finely detailed three-storey house, was first shown at the Loot Exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall and subsequently acquired by the V&A. Michael Burton explored the idea of using a three-dimensional house on other rings and on larger objects such as a tea-set in which the teapot is covered with a number of miniature buildings.
Collection
Accession Number
M.296-1975

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record createdNovember 2, 2005
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