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Acquired in 2008 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Bromilow, David
attributions_note
bibliography
Rabinovitch, Benton Seymour, Contemporary Silver Part II: Recent Commissions; designing, commissioning, collecting, Seattle, 2005, pp.14-15. ill.
collection_code
MET
credit
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Professor B. Seymour Rabinovitch
date_end
2000-12-31
date_start
2000-01-01
date_text
2000 (made)
descriptive_line
Silver, London hallmarks for 2000, mark of David Bromilow.
dimensions
Length: 30.5 cm, Weight: 775 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
The Rabinovitch Collection (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/2005-31/12/2006) The Rabinovitch Collection of Fish and Cake Servers (Fairfax House, York)
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Fish & Cake slice exhibition RF.2004/419
id
107938
label
This collection of silver slices, all commissioned over a period of twenty years by Professor Benton Seymour Rabinovitch FRS, is proof of the skill and diversity of contemporary silversmiths. Each artist craftsman has responded to the familiar functional form of the slice in an individual way, producing an astonishingly diverse range of interpretations. Each piece becomes an enchanting, decorative work of art. Professor Rabinovitch established a close rapport with each artist, always encouraging a freedom of creative expression. The response of these silversmiths has been not only to be strikingly imaginative but also to honour him by giving him their best work. This collection is testimony to the significant contribution that one individual can make to supporting the craft of silversmithing. After commissioning work from some of the most illustrious names in British and North American silversmithing, Professor Rabinovitch has very generously donated his entire collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum, through the American Friends of the V&A. [2005]
last_checked
2014-08-30T02:50:34.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T02:50:34.000Z
latitude
51.506321
location
In Storage
longitude
-0.12714
marks
London hallmarks for 2000 Mark of David Bromilow
materials
Silver
materials_techniques
Silver, press formed
museum_number
M.40-2008
museum_number_token
m402008
object_number
O137827
object_type
Cake slice
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The handle, made by a skewed juxtaposition of two teardrop, ellipsoidal forms, is mounted on a broad, hollow, rounded, asymmetric trowel blade. All elements of the blade were press formed.
place
London
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production_note
production_type
public_access_description
The artist has provided his own critique. "My concern when designing the slice was to create a dynamic piece whose shape exploited fluid curves and volume., whilst conforming to the notional function of the piece. By introducing a third form between the blade and the handle, I created sinusoidal lines that broke up the symmetry of the piece. These lines then suggested the shape of the blade. The broad sweep of the outer edge continues the sinusoidal dynamic with the upper element of the handle. I was concerned that the blade needed to have similar reference to volume to continue the energy throughout the piece. A double-skinned blade gave greater volume and allowed the fluid lines to extend to the under side of the blade to create a truly three dimensional piece. When the upper surface of the blade is flat the eye does not rest at any point when viewing the piece."
related_museum_numbers
rights
2
shape
site_code
slug
cake-slice-bromilow-david
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
forming
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2000
year_start
2000