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The Grand Silver Beetle Bowl

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The Grand Silver Beetle Bowl

Colourful iridescent beetles scurry down into the hammered silver bowl

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The Grand Silver Beetle Bowl

British

2015

"Signed R Doyle 1/4"

Hallmarked

A monumental silver bowl inlaid with individually enamelled silver beetles.

Diameter 56 cm Height 10.5 cm (22.25 x 4.25 in)

Roger Doyle is inspired by the complexities of natural forms which he brings to life, using not only precious metals and cut stones but also the shimmering colours of exquisite enamelling. His commissions include collaborating on the crown for Prince Charles at his investiture as HRH the Prince of Wales in 1969 and a number of pieces which are now held in the collections of the V & A.

The Grand Beetle Bowl came about from a desire to create a monumental work bringing to life the movement patterns of these creatures which, although most people are oblivious to, make up around 25% of all known life-forms. Doyle's creativity has allowed him to incorporate extravagant combinations of iridescent colours whilst the beetles maintain a convincing progress around the smooth, wide rim and spiral down to the centre of the vessel.

Roger Doyle's striking, wide silver bowl is a wonderful creation; a swirl of beetles in celebration of movement, colour and reflections, creating a strong individual piece with undeniable presence and stature.

Museum Collections and Commissions:
Collaborated on the crown for the investiture of HRH Prince of Wales.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K has six pieces in their Jewellery Collections
Dragonfly Clock
Dragonfly Bracelet
Bumblebee Perfume Bottle
Harebell Perfume Bottle
Wedding Ring of Steel and Gold
Engagement Ring of Diamond, Gold and Steel
Goldsmiths Hall:
Clock

Recent Awards:
2004 - Winner of De Beers Nature's Miracle international design competition 2004
2010 - Silver Award for Diamond Mounters Senior at the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council

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