Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
A rare Wally Gilbert silver spoon, signed and with his makers mark and assayed for Birmingham 2012 (no date letter, Queen diamond jubilee mark).
The spoon is classic Gilbert style, similar to his famous beakers, with wirework design, oxidised silver, hints of gilding and set with a semi precious stone. I believe the stone on this spoon to be a peridot.
Condition is excellent.
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 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 : 2012
Marks: WG, signature, Birmingham, Queen diamond jubilee mark
Size: 18.5 cm long
Weight : 3.2 oz, 90 grams