Drinking cupPresented through :
North East Area of NADFAS
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Overall: 105 x 90 x 65mm (4 1/8 x 3 9/16 x 2 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.897
This drinking cup was created as part of a bursary funded by the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and sponsored by Sheffield Assay Office. The competition was open to second year students on the BA Silversmithing & Jewellery Course at Sheffield Hallam University and the project brief was named 'Designing for Clients'.
Tanith Fraenkl-Rietti received a bursary to create her design of a Sterling silver drinking cup for Rene Descartes (1596-1650), a French mathematician and philosopher. The design is inspired by Descarte's interest in vacuums. The vessel, a 'thinking cup', is designed to inspire contemplation of the idea that there is never nothing in an area of space. If a vacuum was created inside a vessel, Descartes believed the sides would touch as there was no matter between them. His research has lead into modern investigations of apparently 'empty' areas of the universe.
Commissioned and kindly donated by the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies).