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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries

Bowl

Bowl
1980 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Jane Short is a well-established maker who creates works of enamelled silverware, often made to commission. In the 1970’s she trained in Jewellery Design at the Central School of Art, and Silversmithing at the Royal College of Art. She has been enamelling since 1974 and uses the traditional techniques of champlevé and basse-taille. Her work may be richly coloured or make more subtle use of the wide range of colours available to the enameller and are a painterly and evocative exploration of colour and imagery. She also collaborates with other silversmiths and makers to interpret their colour designs into enamel and received an MBE for services to the Craft of Enamelling in 2016.
“I am endlessly fascinated with the vitality, subtlety and beauty of enamel on silver, and each of my pieces is an exploration into its possibilities.”

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleBowl (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Silver decorated with cloisonné enamel
Brief description
Bowl, silver and cloisonné enamel, London hallmarks for 1980, mark of Jane Short MBE.
Physical description
Bowl, silver covered in cloisonné enamel. Circular, it rises from a small foot, swelling outwards before returning inwards towards the rim. The enamel is a deep blue black and is applied both to the inside and outside of the bowl, the design flowing around the top and spilling inside in a rich texture of reds, purples and aquamarines.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.9cm
  • Inside rim diameter: 14.4 cm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1980
  • Mark of Jane Short
Gallery label
Bowl Silver and cloisonné enamel Jane Short and Clive Burr London, 1980 Museum no. LOAN:MAKOWER.1 Lent by The Penelope and Oliver Makower 1974 Charitable Trust This enamelled bowl by Jane Short was the first P&O Makower Trust commission to be lent to the V&A. The bowl was made by the silversmith Clive Burr and Short decorated the surface with cloisonné enamel to create the rich flowing design. Enamel is made from crushed glass fired and fused to a surface. In cloisonné enamel thin strips of wire hold the coloured material in place. (14.12.2023)
Credit line
Lent by The Penelope and Oliver Makower 1974 Charitable Trust
Object history
Shimmer Exhibition RF.2005/756
Summary
Jane Short is a well-established maker who creates works of enamelled silverware, often made to commission. In the 1970’s she trained in Jewellery Design at the Central School of Art, and Silversmithing at the Royal College of Art. She has been enamelling since 1974 and uses the traditional techniques of champlevé and basse-taille. Her work may be richly coloured or make more subtle use of the wide range of colours available to the enameller and are a painterly and evocative exploration of colour and imagery. She also collaborates with other silversmiths and makers to interpret their colour designs into enamel and received an MBE for services to the Craft of Enamelling in 2016.
“I am endlessly fascinated with the vitality, subtlety and beauty of enamel on silver, and each of my pieces is an exploration into its possibilities.”
Collection
Accession number
LOAN:MAKOWER.1

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Record createdDecember 14, 2005
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