Leaning Jug 2005

Rebecca de Quin (born 1958, London, England, UK)

Leaning Jug
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

After leaving school Rebecca de Quin studied photography and then decided to take a different route and returned to education to study 3D Design. She studied first at Middlesex Polytechnic (1985-1988) and then at the Royal College of Art, London, where she graduated MA Silversmithing and Design in 1990. De Quin’s preoccupation at this time was with computer technology and how it could be used to both aid the design process and precision cut metals for batch production. Precise cutting, with clean sharp lines, continues to inform and influence her work today and she enjoys the challenge of working with the versatility of sheet metal. De Quin works mainly in domestic silverware, which, in its simplicity, shows some influence from her father, the constructivist sculptor, Robert de Quin. Her forms are imaginative, with an interesting interplay of light and shadow and a juxtaposition of smooth and curved planes. Her recent work has focussed on jug forms and pouring vessels. This jug has a scored and folded body, formed as a cylinder, the curved leading edge establishing movement and rhythm. The handle is fabricated from silver gilt in an undulating wave echoing the movement in the main body. Decoration is restrained to a pair of rivets attaching the handle to the body through a triangular form, which itself creates an additional geometric perspective. The interior is also gilt lined. This jug sums up de Quin’s current oeuvre in its simplicity, modernity and elegant unornamented form. It combines austerity with hints of luxury conveyed in the play between coolness of silver and the warmth of gilt. Along with the jug Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums also acquired a forged aluminium and gilding metal maquette and an original design concept drawing for the work.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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