A beguiling silver dish with two birds by Michael Bolton

Michael Allen Bolton was an informally trained professional silversmith who was inspired by ancient and medieval silver and the arts and crafts movement.  It is said he used a sledge hammer and anvil to achieve his distinctive hand hammered patina. He spoke of his silver work as an extension of himself and without doubt he put his heart and soul into each piece.

As I have said previously, I have adopted Bolton as a legitimate, if later, member of the arts and crafts movement and just love his work. This piece speaks volume for his skill and style.

The design is of a bird bath or dish with one bird perched on the rim, the other, standing within the bowl as if pecking.  It was made as a commission and, typical of Bolton’s work, is an exceptional gauge of silver.  This dish weighs over 30 ounces.  Apparently unmarked, Michael Bolton’s wife has confirmed it is his work.

Price : Reserved

Maker: Michael Bolton

Designer: Michael Bolton

Date : c. 1986

Marks: Apparently unmarked

Material: Sterling silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: 8.5 cm high, 18.5 cm wide, excluding birds

Weight : 863 grams, 30.4 0z

SKU: A517 Category:



See “Designer British Silver” by John Andrew and Derek Styles for more information on Michael Bolton.

Additional information


Sterling silver

Price range

£1,000 – 5,000