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Swan bowl

Silver

Origin: Edinburgh

Date: 1996

31 cm maximum diameter; 1526 g weight

Marks/Maker: Edinburgh, Britannia standard, 1996, maker's mark of Malcolm Appleby

Purchased from the artist with a Gift Aid donation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and with assistance from The Art Fund; WA2006.60

T. Schroder (2009), no. 233

This is one of a series of four engraved bowls, all on the theme of the swan. Scottish artist, Malcolm Appleby has written on the imagery of the bowl as follows: Although made last, this is actually the first one of the series, being the swan emerging from primeval time. The image is a little like goose barnacles. There is an old wives' tale that geese turn into barnacles in the winter - 'goose barnacles', 'barnacle geese' - and I have bent the story to suit swans. It also recalls the spider's web, the fast moving waters of the Scottish burn and Celtic metalwork.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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