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Michael Bolton

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Michael Allen Bolton was born in London in 1938. He was self taught and began his career as a designer-maker of silverware and jewellery in 1970 after an initial career in commerce. He exhibited successfully at the Goldsmith's Company 'Loot' exhibitions from 1975 to 1981 and in their 'Contemporary Silver Tableware' exhibition in 1996. In that catalogue it stated "His work in silver and gold is inspired by the magic and aura of Celtic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon metalwork, the romanticism of the King Arthur legends, and the ethics and ideology of the late 19th and 20th century British Arts and Crafts movement." His hammered approach to the silver material accentuates the malleability of its surface, creating a finish that is unique to him. In 1977 Sir Anthony Touche commissioned a goblet for his use as Assistant at Goldsmith's Hall and in 1990 a pair of vases to commemorate his year as Prime Warden. A Freeman of both the Goldsmith's Company and the City of London - Bolton has exhibited widely and his work is in many City Livery Companies and Royal collections as well as making the silverware for the film "The Madness of King George." He was a member of the Association of British Designer Silversmiths ABDS and also the Cornish Craft Association. In 2003 he exhibited at 'Love Story' in the Goldsmith's Hall making a collar and jewellery for Tony Foard's model of a bride.
He worked mainly to commission with young designers and assistants near Launceston in Cornwall and his clients included: The Worshipful Companies of Goldsmiths, Cutlers and Carpenters; the Indian High Commission in Brussels; Glenda Jackson, Julie Andrews, Stanley Kubrick & Lord Palumbo. Michael Bolton died on the 7th January 2005.

Personal Statement: "In designing and hand making I draw my inspiration from the strength, visual impact and theatricality of medieval metalwork in all its various forms, together with the ethics of the early 20th century British Arts & Crafts movement tinged with the magic and romanticism of the King Arthur Legends. I enjoy working on a one to one basis with my clients in the hope that they get as much joy from the creative process as I do. I work for most part by hand directly into sterling silver and high carat golds, using only basic hand tools, simply for the pure joy of the creative process and using such a beautiful, responsive and forgiving raw material."

 


Michael Bolton


MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Napkin RingMICHAEL BOLTON Silver Napkin Ring

London 1979

Width: 6.4 cm

£250

2 18 ct Gold Balls 



MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Napkin Ring

London 1978
Width: 7 cm

£250

18ct Gold Ball 


MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Napkin Ring

MICHAEL BOLTON Large Silver SpoonMICHAEL BOLTON Large Silver Spoon

Large Silver Spoon
Michael Bolton
London 1978
20.5 cm

£450 



MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
Michael Bolton
London 1990
14.3 cm

£195

S monogram applied to stem 


MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Spoon

MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Candle SnufferMICHAEL BOLTON Silver Candle Snuffer

Silver Candle Snuffer
Michael Bolton
London 1988
26 cm

£450 



MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Mug

Silver Mug
Michel Bolton
London 1990
Height: 7 cm
Diameter: 6 cm

£695
 


MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Mug

MICHAEL BOLTON Pair Silver Salt SpoonsMICHAEL BOLTON Pair Silver Salt Spoons

Pair Silver Salt Spoons
Michael Bolton
London 1990
7.5 cm

£195 pair 



MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Cork Holder

Silver Wine Bottle Cork Holder
Michael Bolton
Unmarked

£125 


MICHAEL BOLTON Silver Cork Holder

Silver Cufflinks Silver Cufflinks

London 1973
Micahel Bolton
£195

 



Silver & Gold Cufflinks

MICHAEL BOLTON Silver & Gold Cufflinks
London 1997
Width: 2 cm

£250 


Silver &  Gold Cufflinks

Millenium Canteen CatalogueMillenium Canteen Catalogue

Sheffield City Council
comissioned a canteen
to be made for the Millenium

Including work by Brian Asquith, Michael Bolton,
William Phipps, Richard Fox, Julie Chamberlain

In total 37 Silversmiths

Well illustrated Catalogue

£10

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