Michael Bolton, a substantial silver pendant on chain, British, London 1976, stamped ‘MAB’ for Michael Bolton, the circular pendant with a cruciform centre, gold bead above to the loop bearing the thick bale, on a heavy curb link chain, pendant 3.1 cm diameter, 7.3 mm thick, 4.5 cm long to top of the loop excluding the bale which is 7 cm long, chain 48 cm long, 104.4 g gross SOLD
Michael Bolton (1938-2005)
A self taught silversmith after leaving the world of commerce in 1970. His new career really took off after first exhibiting at the ‘Loot’ exhibition at Goldsmiths Hall in 1975, carrying on at the subsequent ‘Loot’ exhibitions up until 1981. This pendant having been produced early on during that fruitful period. In 1996 he achieved great success once more at the ‘Contemporary Silver Tableware’ exhibition. Michael Bolton has been commissioned to produce work not only for the Royal Collections, the Goldsmiths Hall themselves but many Livery Companies also. He made the silverware featured in the film ‘The Madness of King George’. A member of ABDS, Association of British Designer Silversmiths, he worked to commission using young designers and assistants at his workshop in Launceston in Cornwall. His clients include Glenda Jackson, Julie Andrews, Stanley Kubrick, the Indian High Commission in Brussels, and Lord Palumbo. He worked on silver and high carat gold using only hand tools, making that direct connection between artisan and the metal. He cited his work as being steeped in the ethics of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement, Celtic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon metalwork, along with King Arthur and the Arthurian legends.