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Spheric Vessel: M.6-2007

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Current Location: In storage


Spheric Vessel


Silversmith: Warren, Max




Silver, Britannia standard; hand raised with irregularly shaped rim, 'white-baked' to produce an almost matt white surface, and coated with clear wax. The mouth is slightly on one side when the vessel is standing on its base


History note: Bishopsland Educational Trust from which purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.1 cm
Height: 14.1 cm
Weight: 568 g

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-10-08) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2006


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Max Warren studied Three-Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton followed by a silversmithing residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust and an MA at the Royal College of Art, London. He established his London studio in 2009 and is currently Senior Lecturer on the BA Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins. This early work was one of two pieces purchased for the Goodison collection from residents on the postgraduate training programme run by Bishopsland Education Trust. This important trust, established by Oliver and Pope Makower in Oxfordshire, assists talented jewellers and silversmiths to make the transition from student to professional by providing residential workshop training for a year. The surface of this piece was produced by ‘white-baking’: a technique which involves repeated annealing and cleaning of the surface with an acid solution. Subsequently, Warren developed a series of works focusing on the ancient technique of hand-engraving but filtered through the contemporary lens of digital imaging. He exhibits his work throughout Europe.

The white surface was produced by annealing the vessel, and cleaning away dirt and oxides with an acid solution (pickle) several times

Components of the work

Exterior composed of wax

Materials used in production

Britannia standard 95.8% silver and 4.2% copper alloy Silver

Techniques used in production

Raising (metal forming process) : Britannia standard silver, hand raised, and 'white-baked' (repeatedly annealed and cleaned in an acid solution or pickle) to produce an almost matt white surface, which is protected by a coating of wax

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MAW
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Laser cut
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: Britannia

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Laser cut
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: 958
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Laser cut
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Laser cut
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: g
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Laser cut
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-2007
Primary reference Number: 157285
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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