An important steel sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, designed and completed 1969 / 1970
Lot 181AR
An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned
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An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned An important steel sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, designed and completed 1969 / 1970 An important steel sculpture centrepiece by Malcolm Appleby, designed and completed 1969 / 1970
An important steel and gold fired sculpture centrepiece
by Malcolm Appleby, 1970, apparently unsigned
Disc form with curved sides and cylindrical hollow centre, the underside with a lesser curved surface.
With deep hammering and chisel work covering the whole, with swirling, spiralling contours.
The surface propane and oxygen fired in varying tones of gold., height at centre 5.8cm, diameter 43.5cm.

Footnotes

  • Commissioned by the managing direction of Collingwood & Co. in 1969.

    This is one of Malcolm's earliest works, created whilst he was planning the move from a Station House in Scotland to the nearby Station. Influenced by Scotland's natural beauty. Malcolm Appleby's techniques used to create this sculpture were in their infancy, the technique of hammer and chisel engraving and firing gold to steel was discovered while at the RCA.

    Exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum "The Craftsman's Art" exhibition in 1973.

    This was further exhibited at Goldsmiths Hall in 2006 titled "Precious Statements" as part of a retrospective to Malcolm Appleby.
    At this exhibition Malcolm "was thrilled to see that one of his early works was prominently displayed.


    The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths secured its first example of Appleby's work shortly after he graduated from the RCA in 1969, this was a carved and engraved steel cigar canister fused with gold and silver. This similarly was unmarked.

    MALCOLM APPLEBY

    Malcolm Appleby was born in West Wickham in Kent in 1946. He studied at Beckenham School of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Central School of Art, Sir John Cass School of Art from 1961 to 1966.
    He visited Scotland in 1964 for the first time on a Goldsmiths' Company travel scholarship and was inspired by its natural beauty.

    He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1966 to 1968.
    Early on in his art school studies, Appleby discovered engraving at John Wilkes Gun & Rifle Makers in Soho. It was at this time he started his career as an engraver and developed new engraving techniques. This included the hammer and chisel techniques used on this sculpture and also the fusing of gold onto steel.

    This sculpture is one of his very early works.
    Other important early works were created with Louis Osman (1968 - 1970) these include engraving the orb on the Prince of Wales Investiture crown and the moon trophy. Presented to the astronauts who made the first moon landing. Also 'The Prince of Wales gold cup' which was sold in these rooms on 30th November 2011.

    Appleby moved to Scotland and in 1969 set up his shop and home at Crathes Station near Banchory.
    He then moved from Crathes Station to a home and workshop he designed in Perthshire.

    Malcolm Appleby is one of the most outstanding and respected British engravers. Not only using his precision skills engraving, carving and chasing but also with mixing metals. He is the foremost gun engraver in the United Kingdom, and his famous Raven Gun is housed in the Royal Armouries.
    He continues to work from Aultbeag, Grandtully, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

    Among his works he was the first silversmith in 1987 to be commissioned by The Silver Trust for a fabulous condiment set to be used at 10 Downing Street.
    Also to be found in numerous collections: The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, The Royal Armouries, The Contemporary Art Society, The British Museum, Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford, Fitzwilliam Museum, National Museums Scotland, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and Perth Art Gallery & Museum.


    We would like to thank Malcolm Appleby for his assistant with these details.


    MALCOLM APPLEBY

    Malcolm Appleby was born in West Wickham in Kent in 1946. He studied at Beckenham School of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Central School of Art, Sir John Cass School of Art from 1961 to 1966.
    He visited Scotland in 1964 for the first time on a Goldsmiths' Company travel scholarship and was inspired by its natural beauty.

    He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1966 to 1968.
    When at the RCA Appleby discovered engraving at John Wilkes Gun & Rifle Makers in Soho. It was at this time he started his career as an engraver and developed new engraving techniques. This included the hammer and chisel techniques used on this sculpture and also the fusing of gold onto steel.

    This sculpture is one of his very early works.
    Other important early works were created with Louis Osman (1968 - 1970) these include engraving the orb on the Prince of Wales Investiture crown and the moon trophy. Presented to the astronauts who made the first moon landing. Also 'The Prince of Wales gold cup' which was sold in these rooms on 30th November 2011.

    Appleby moved to Scotland and in 1969 set up his shop and home at Crathes Station near Banchory.
    He then moved from Crathes Station to a home and workshop he designed in Perthshire.

    Malcolm Appleby is one of the most outstanding and respected British engravers. Not only using his precision skills engraving, carving and chasing but also with mixing metals. He is the foremost gun engraver in the United Kingdom, and his famous Raven Gun is housed in the Royal Armouries.
    He continues to work from Aultbeag, Grandtully, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

    Among his works he was the the first silversmith in 1987 to be commissioned by The Silver Trust for a fabulous condiment set to be used at 10 Downing Street.
    Also to be found in collections at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, The Royal Armouries The Contemporary Art Society, The British Museum, Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford, Fitzwilliam Museum, National Museums Scotland, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and Perth Art Gallery & Museum.


    We would like to thank Malcolm Appleby for his assistant with these details.
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