Friday 23 October, 2015
Rod Kelly’s Agincourt Dish Hallmarked
“Before it was a dish, now [it’s hallmarked] it’s a silver dish!”, remarked leading UK silversmith Rod Kelly. His splendid Agincourt Dish has been hallmarked by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London earlier this month.
Featuring a cross, battle scenes and an enamelled coat of arms, the dish incorporates low relief chasing inlaid in fine gold. The meaningful piece was commissioned by the Keatley Trust to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (1415), a major English victory against the French army in the Hundred Years’ War.
Rod Kelly’s designs are based on drawings – the lines translated into shapes and patterns chased in low relief in his specially commissioned works. He makes all his forms himself using traditional silversmithing techniques, often hand raising (hammering) large pieces of silver, turning them into functional silver.
Since graduating with an MA in Silversmithing from the Royal College of Art in 1983, Rod Kelly has tended to work to commission, first from a studio in London and then from a workshop in his garden in Norfolk. He draws inspiration from the Norfolk countryside and his many trips to the Shetland Islands. His work can be found in public and private collections including the V&A Museum, the Royal Mint, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.