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Keith TyssenKeith Tyssen

Keith Tyssen studied Art & Design from 1950 to 1955 achieving a 1st class Hons. NDD. in Silversmithing from Sheffield College of Arts & Crafts. He then did Postgraduate Studies at the Royal College of Art under Prof. Robert Goodden 1957 to 1960. From 1960 he taught in Sheffield. Following on retirement from a career in Higher Education and many stimulating years teaching aspects of 3-D Design with Silversmithing and Jewellery, plus 16 less enjoyable years as Head of Design Department through to Sheffield Hallam University, Keith has joyfully returned to pursue his passion for design and carefully producing useful artefacts in silver and in other metals, for Companies, Public Institutions, Religious Groups and for private Collectors, both to commission and via exhibitions.

By his patient and particular approach to designing and working with metals such as pewter, brass and iron, Keith Tyssen is bringing the highly disciplined ‘eye’ of a designer-silversmith to a range of materials often overlooked. He suggests, "this is a more refined and critical approach which gives to my work in other metals, both a personal and carefully considered design and manufacturing response".

His thoughts on design are direct:

"Any design should be apt, well-conceived and realised through a well managed combination of invention, good technique, material, construction and thoughtful finish. These things together are essential ingredients for arriving at a fine quality product, and good design is all of that. I prefer design that makes a bold visual statement, but calmly (mostly) and well-tempered enough to equip an article with a reassuring presence, enabling it to stand alone, yet to harmonise within its setting. For me, this forms a major part of the appeal of any good design, no matter its market value or social status. It happens that silver in particular, is a naturally responsive, purifying and almost magical material to touch, to work with and to use. Described as ‘a noble metal’, silver's many natural and material qualities are complimentary to my best efforts to capture presence and appeal within the work."


 



Silver Cube Candlestick

Sheffield 1970

Keith Tyssen

Height: 10cm

£360 each

Pair Available

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Silver Cube Candlestick

Silver Letter OpenerSilver Letter Opener

Sheffield 2010

Keith Tyssen

Length: 19.5cm

£250

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Silver Cube Candlestick

Sheffield 1968

Keith Tyssen

Height: 11cm

£395 each

Pair Available

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Silver Cube Candlestick

Silver 'Tooled' RingsSilver 'Tooled' Rings

Sheffield 1969 - 72

Keith Tyssen

£39 each

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Silver Cube Table Lighter

Sheffield 1971

Keith Tyssen

Height: 7cm

£320

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Silver Cube Table Lighter

Silver CasterSilver Caster

Sheffield 1977
Keith Tyssen
Height:10.5cm
£895

One of only seven made
(one in Sheffield Museum)

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Silver Heart Bookmark

Sheffield 1990
Keith Tyssen
Length: 7cm
£120

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Silver Heart Bookmark

KEITH TYSSEN Silver CandelabrumKEITH TYSSEN Silver Candelabrum

Silver Candelabrum
Keith Tyssen/Jack Spencer
Sheffield 1966
Base 17.5cm X17.5 cm

SOLD

Prototype for the Topham Trophy Steeplechase at Aintree. It didn't win the competition but the Goldsmiths Company commissioned a six light candelabrum with hors d'oevre dishes for their Modern Collection. Keith was in partnership with Jack Spencer at the time and they made this prototype to test the tricky form prior to constructing the larger piece.

Now in the Pearson Silver Collection

See 'Treasures of the 20th Century' page 79 for illustration of the complete version 



Pair Silver Chess Pieces

Height: 10.8 cm on rosewood bases

Pair unmarked silver King and Queen chess pieces made by Keith Tyssen in his first year at the Royal College of Art in 1958. These took Keith over 250 hours each to make and he had the idea to make a whole chess set - but this never materialised.

http://www.keithtyssen.co.uk/archive/chrono/0/item/king-and-queen-two-chess-pieces

(1 ball missing from the King's crown)


SOLD


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Now in the Pearson Silver Collection
 


Pair Silver Chess Pieces

Silver on Copper BowlSilver on Copper Bowl

Double Skinned Silver on Copper

Sheffield

Keith Tyssen

Diameter: 26cm



This is a prototype but commisions
can be taken on a bowl in silver
POA

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Britannia Silver Bowl


Double skinned and Oxidized

'A quiet, calmingly still, tactile silver bowl. Darkly oxidised and by intention, never to be cleaned with metal polish! Designed to be used and enjoyed. '

This bowl was exhibited at the Launch of British Silver Week at Goldsmiths' Hall, London 2nd June 2009 and will be shown at Styles Silver.

Large
Diameter:242mm
Height: 68mm
Weight: 1.270 Kg

POA

Small
Diameter: 172mm
Weight:600gms
Silver on Copper or Britannia Silver

POA

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Britannia Silver Bowl

Flared Drinking VesselFlared Drinking Vessel

Double-skin construction

Height: 125mm

Silver on Copper

Britania Standard Silver

POA

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Silver Candlesticks

Size A
Height: 105mm
Weight: 245gms

POA


Size B
Height: 135mm
Weight: 253gms



Size C
Height: 170mm
Weight: 260gms


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Silver Candlesticks

Nine Light Silver and Glass CandelabraNine Light Silver and Glass Candelabra




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Flared Drinking Vessel

Double-skin construction richley Gilded

Height: 125mm

Gold on Copper

Britania Standard Silver Gilt

POA

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Flared Drinking Vessel

Silver Letter OpenerSilver Letter Opener

Sheffield 1978
Keith Tyssen
Length: 16.5cm
No 7 of 50

SOLD

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Silver Chocolate Pot

London 1958
Keith Tyssen

Designed at the beginning of his 2nd year at the Royal College of Art.
Maker Tom Boucher the RCA Technician - Silversmith
Rosewood Knob and Handle

Weight: 440g
Height: 16cm
Length: 18cm

SOLD

Illustrated in my book Designer British Silver 


Silver Chocolate Pot

Silver BookmarkSilver Bookmark

Sheffield 1990
Keith Tyssen
Length: 18cm

SOLD

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Silver Caddy Spoon

Made as a one off for BSW

Silver riveted on to Mother of Pearl

SOLD 


Silver Caddy Spoon

Silver SpoonSilver Spoon

Sheffield 1989

Keith Tyssen

Length:12.5cm


SOLD

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Work in progress

Keith making a piece for British Silver Week
at Persistence Works in Sheffield  


Work in progress

In the making....In the making....

Component parts in process of making for British Silver Week.


Britannia Silver, March 2009

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