Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
I am delighted to have a collection of modern and contemporary silver for sale by several of Britain’s leading silversmiths. See items A1317-A1324. The link between these contemporary silversmiths and my more typical arts and crafts pieces is very close. Both represent artistic workshop design and many of today’s leading silversmiths were trained at institutions whose origins and ethos date to the arts and crafts period. In this instance Michael Lloyd’s initial training was at the Vittoria Street School in Birmingham, where decades earlier John Paul Cooper, Catterson-Smith and Gaskin were all teachers or masters.
In this instance the links from Wally Gilbert to the arts and crafts movement are especially close as Wally’s grandfather was also Walter Gilbert, founder of the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts.
This beaker is a classic signature piece of Gilbert’s. The design of stylized leaves or feather, in repousse with gilt highlights. The interior of the beaker double skinned (ie you cannot see the repousse work from the interior) in gilt. A very good gauge and in excellent condition. I believe the beaker’s decoration is further defined through oxidising the silver.
Wally Gilbert, an applied artist, metalsmith, designer, silversmith, and sculptor, has a unique and instantly recognisable decorative style using layer upon layer of intricate, detailed surfaces, working in silver, bronze, iron and aluminium. His silversmithing has earned a number of awards, and is represented in the V&A Museum as well as many other international public and private collections. His numerous commissions include a mace for Hereford Cathedral and the De Beers Diamond trophy for Ascot 2000.
In 1999, Gilbert was granted the Freedom of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. He is the grandson of his namesake Walter Gilbert who founded the Bromsgrove School of Applied Art.
Maker: Wally Gilbert
Designer: Wally Gilbert
Date : 2006
Marks: WG, Birmingham, g
Size: 11.25 cm tall, 6.25 cm max diameter
Weight : 8.9 oz, 252 grams