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MICHAEL BOLTON



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."

For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on MICHAEL BOLTON in my book:      (click on this link}:                                                                       
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985 (styles-silver.co.uk)   

We are always interested in purchasing work by MICHAEL BOLTON

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MICHAEL BOLTON Silver CARVING SET
London 1979
Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In original box: 50 x 36 x 9 cm

Long carving knife: 47 cm - engraved to blade: Made in England 1979 Michael Bolton

Set with 10 Cabochon garnets - 2 18ct Gold beads & 14 Silver beads

This set is illustrated in my book: Designer British Silver

For deliveries outside the UK please enquire shipping costs
£ 1,750.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver HONEY SPOON
London 2000

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 22.5 cm
Weight: 76g
£ 395.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver LADLE
London 1984

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 22 cm

2 Gold Beads

£ 350.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Large Silver SPOON
London 1982

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

22.5 cm
£ 295.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Large Silver VASE
London 1997

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 26 cm
Weight: 6 oz

With 18 ct Gold bead
£ 275.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Pair Silver SALT SPOONS
London 1990

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

7.5 cm
£ 120.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver CADDY SPOON
London 1997

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

8 cm

Silver gilt bowl with original felt bag made by Margaret Bolton
£ 395.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver CARVING KNIFE
London 2002

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

37.5 cm

1 Gold bead
£ 295.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver CARVING KNIFE REST
London 1992

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 9 cm

£ 125.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver CUFFLINKS
London 1997

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 2.3 cm

Applied with gold strips
£ 195.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver SPOON
London 1990

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

14 cm

Applied silver M
£ 98.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver SPOON
London 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 12.5 cm

With two 18 ct Gold Beads
£ 195.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver STILTON SCOOP
London 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 21 cm
Weight: 143 g

'Nelson' pattern

£ 550.00
MICHAEL BOLTON Silver STILTON SCOOP
London 1992

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

26 cm
Turned wood handle
£ 495.00
x MARGARET BOLTON Silver BOOKMARK
London 2010

Margaret Bolton (Michael's wife)

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length of rectangle: 11 cm
£ 125.00
x MARGARET BOLTON Silver CUFFLINKS
London 2012

Margaret Bolton (Michael's wife)

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 3 cm
£ 98.00
x MARGARET BOLTON Silver PORT LABEL
London 2010

Margaret Bolton (Michael's wife)

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 7 cm

Set with a cabochon Garnet
£ 150.00
x MARGARET BOLTON Silver WINE LABEL
London 2010

Margaret Bolton (Michael's wife)

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 7.3 cm

Set with a cabochon Garnet - can be engraved to name of your choice
£ 130.00
X Millennium Canteen Catalogue
Catalogue when Sheffield City Council commissioned a canteen to be made for the Millennium

Including work by Brian Asquith, Michael Bolton, William Phipps, Richard Fox, Julie Chamberlain, etc - In total 37 Silversmiths 

Well illustrated 
£ 15.00
y Exhibition Catalogue - SILVER and TEA a perfect blend
Catalogue for the exhibition held at Goldsmiths' Hall 1998

56 pages with colour illustrations and biographical notes on 65 Teapots commissioned from various contemporary makers
£ 10.00