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Bowl

Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tyssen, Keith, born 1934 (designer and maker)
    Schofield, Mike (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead free modern pewter, double skin construction, assembled from spun component parts

  • Museum number:

    M.10-1998

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 15

Tyssen spent most of his professional career as a silversmith, teaching the subject at Sheffield College of Art. Although he continues to create commissions in silver, Tyssen has also created a range of objects in what he calls 'the new metal', pewter. This bowl was designed in response to an enquiry by US clothing brand Banana Republic, who subsequently ordered nearly 300 bowls. The design is still in production.

Physical description

Shallow bowl, circular with a concave rim and sharply receding walls: the plain surfaces softly planished. The foot is a plain annular ring attached to the base of the vessel.

Lead free modern pewter (95% tin, 3% copper, 2% antimony), double skin construction, assembled from spun component parts. The spun components were raised on a lathe and soldered together in the workshop of Mike Schofield (Sheffield). The final braising, polishing and inspection carried out by Keith Tyssen in his own workshop.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)

Date

1997 (made)

Artist/maker

Tyssen, Keith, born 1934 (designer and maker)
Schofield, Mike (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lead free modern pewter, double skin construction, assembled from spun component parts

Marks and inscriptions

'Keith Tyssen (facsimile signature) / SHEFFIELD / PEWTER /
234'
Maker's identification; Stamped in the centre on the underside of the base; stamping (marking)

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter: 31.0 cm

Object history note

Made as a numbered edition. Started in 1997 in response to an enquiry from Banana Republic (USA) which resulted in an order for 273 bowls in each of two matching sizes. This design is still in production in three sizes: 17.5 cms, 24 cms and 31 cms diameter.

Descriptive line

Bowl, pewter, designed and made by Keith Tyssen, Sheffield, England, 1997.

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

Pewter at the Victoria & Albert Museum, A. North, London, V&A, 1999, p.185, 291

Labels and date

BADA 2004 Exhibition label:
BOWL
Pewter, Sheffield, 1997, designed and made by Keith Tyssen (b. 1934),
This bowl is made of lead-free modern pewter. Its design illustrates Tyssen's belief that a good design should make a bold statement, but in a calm and well tempered way. He believes this enables the object to both stand alone yet also sit well anywhere, no matter its market value or social status.
M.10-1998 [March 2004]

Categories

Images Online; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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