Silverware and jewellery designer Theo Fennell launches a collection of Shakespeare-inspired candlesticks on Tuesday December 10 featuring four silver designs based on great characters – from Henry V and Portia to Richard III and Hamlet – standing on a silver stage, lit by the candle above.
“I have always been a big Shakespeare fan in a very unacademic way, and long had a notion to make a few silver sculptures of some of his most recognisable characters,” Fennell says. “I liked the idea of the pieces being used either in a table setting or around a house, so candlesticks seemed apt. A classic column on a base, engraved to look like a wooden stage, was a suitably theatrical setting and the candlelight throws shadows as in a theatre.”
Fittingly, Fennell has teamed up with the Royal Shakespeare Company – headed by artistic director Gregory Doran – for the project. Each finely engraved piece in the collection will be limited to five editions (£15,000 each), with 10 per cent of the proceeds donated to the RSC.
“The RSC has given me some boards left over from the 1932 refit of the Stratford stage to use as I see fit,” Fennel says. “I have often incorporated bits of wood and other materials from inspirational places in talismanic pieces, and will be using some as wooden bases for new silver Shakespearean characters, while incorporating others in secret rings and pendants to hang as ‘touch wood’ charms. I am finding this project really exhilarating and hope it will also benefit the RSC greatly.”