£1,000 – 5,000
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 movements promoted 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.
This is one of three bowls or tumblers I have for sale by the highly regarded Michael Lloyd. This is the larger, later, more accomplished and complex of the three. Lloyd has just completed the Coronation Cross commissioned by Prince Charles’ for his own coronation.
This bowl or tumbler dates to 1994, after Lloyd had moved to Scotland and the pattern appears to be of stylized thistles. The interior is gently gilded.
Michael Lloyd was born in 1950 and studied at Vittoria Street, Birmingham and the Royal College of Art under Robert Godden and Gerald Benney. His graduation show featured a series of hand chased bowls – the V&A Museum bought all of them. Initially working and living on a canal barge, he now lives in Scotland. He held a prestigious one man show at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1997 showing his new work, together with items he had made, loaned by Gerald Benney, Rod Kelly and Malcolm Appleby.
Lloyd has received many significant commissions over the years, both public and private including ritual vessels for Lichfield Cathedral (1990/1991) and York Minster (1999); the mace for the Scottish Parliament (1999); the Millennium Collection for Bute House (2000). Works have also been included in important exhibitions such as Twentieth Century Silver, Crafts Council (1991) and Treasures of the Twentieth Century, Goldsmiths’ Company (2000). Hi work appears in many public collections including: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum; Birmingham Museums Trust; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Goldsmiths’ Company, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; and the V&A Dundee.
For a similar tumbler and more information on Lloyd see ‘British Designer Silver’ by John Andrews and George Styles (pages 294 -303).
Price range: Sold
Maker: Michael Lloyd
Designer: Michael Lloyd
Marks: M.K.L, Edinburgh, “u”
Material: Britannia silver
Size: Each 9.25 cm diameter, 5.5 cm high
Weight: 5.8 oz, 163 grams total