Elected: 2021
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Dr Malcolm Appleby
Designer, Engraver, Silversmith, Goldsmith, Jeweller, Malcolm Appleby
Dr Malcolm Appleby MBE
Designer Engraver
Silversmith Goldsmith Jeweller
1946 Born Beckenham, Kent
1961 – Beckenham School of Art, Ravensbourne College of
1968 Art & Design, Central School of Arts & Crafts,
Sir John Cass School of Art, and the Royal College of Art
1969 Littledale Scholar, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
1997 Inches Carr Trust Crafts Bursary
2000 Doctor of Letters, Honorary Degree awarded by
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
2003 Fellow, Master of Engraving, Bishopsland Educational Trust
2014 Awarded MBE for services to hand engraving and heritage crafts
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Hand Engravers Association, Great Britain
1963 First workshop, West Wickham, Kent
1969 Settled in Scotland, opened workshop at Crathes,
1996 Moved to Grandtully, Perthshire
Selected COMMISSIONS & Exhibitions
• Engraved orb, Prince of Wales’ coronet (with Louis Osman), Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1969
• Model of Moon (gift to first moon astronauts), with Louis Osman, 1969
• King George VI Diamond Stakes Trophy, De Beers 1978
Chess Set, Collingwood of Conduit Street 1971-1977
First of annual engraved bangles, ‘The Banchory Bangle’ for Children 1st, Aberdeen 1976
• Cup commemorating 500 years of the London Assay Office, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1978
• Seal for the Board of Trustees, Victoria & Albert Museum 1985
• Raven Gun for Tower of London, Royal Armouries 1986
• Condiment Set for 10 Downing Street, The Silver Trust 1988
• Standing Cup and Cover, National Museums of Scotland 1989
• Charger, Cockerel Bowl, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1994
Medal for the Museum of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland 1998
Solo Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum 1998
• Sculptural Table pieces for Bute House, residence of the First Minister of
Scotland, Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh 1999
• Pair of Tazzas, WS Society, Signet Library Edinburgh 1999
• Millennium Casket (18ct white gold) Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1999
• Silver Teapot and Beaded Bowl, Perth Art Gallery & Museum 2000
Royal Medals, The Royal Society of Edinburgh – from 2000, presented annually
First Collect Exhibition, London with Bishopsland Educational Trust 2004 (annual) – present
The Trafalgar Medal, celebrating 200 years, Sim Comfort Associates 2005
Dragon Gun for Private Commission 2005
Precious Statements Exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall 2006
‘Hurricane George’ large shallow bowl (for Cutting Edge exhibition, acquired for private collection) 2007
Cutting Edge touring exhibition of Scottish contemporary applied art: Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums 2007
Design for 150th Years Celebration Book, V& A Museum 2007
Silver: Made in Scotland, Royal Museum of Scotland 2008
Raising the Bar, International silversmiths, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh 2008
Participated in first British Silver Week/Festival of Silver annual exhibitions 2009
30 Years of Bishopsland Educational Trust, Whitely Galleries, V&A Museum 2009
Modern Nautilus or Loving Cups, George Heriot School Trust 2009
Phoenix Gun, for Private Commission 2010
Craft in Dialogue exhibition Inches Carr Trust bursary winners, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh 2011
Start of series of Catchphrase Beakers, 2011
Prince of Wales Cup, gold cup engraved in 1970 with feathers, lion, unicorn and dragon imagery, when he was only 23 years old, sold at Bonhams’ Distinguished Designs auction in November 2011 for £78,000, setting a new record for post-war silver or gold.
Medal for XXXII Fidem Art Medal Congress, University of Glasgow 2012
• Made in Scotland, The Fleming Collection, London (April-June 2012)
Maker, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (July 2012)
• The Best of Contemporary Silversmiths from 1952 to 2012, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London (July)
Silver, the Aberdeen Story, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, 2012/2013)
• Contemporary Silver: A Selling Exhibition, Christie’s, London August 2013
Pair of Candlesticks for St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, presented September 2013
Steel and Gold Sculptural Centrepiece (1970), sold at Bonhams’ Silver and Objects of Vertu, London 2013
Fundraising Capercaillie Design for RSPB Scotland’s Conservation Capercaillie campaign
Passing it On, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh March 2014
Modern Masters, The Scottish Gallery, The Silversmith’s Art National Museum of Scotland September 2015
The 2015 Glenmorangie Lecture, National Museum of Scotland September 2015
Dragonfly Gun completed 2016
Malcolm Appleby at 70 exhibition, The Scottish Gallery 2016
First Annual Silversmithing Symposium, Master Craftsmen event, hosted at Grandtully, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biennial Hand Engravers Symposium, hosted at Grandtully since 2009
Kalahari Flora and Fauna Guns, for Private Commission 2017
Sale of Model of the Moon, from Louis Osman archives (made in 1969) sold London, 2018
Scottish Design Collection V&A Dundee 2018
Miniaturists, The Scottish Gallery 2018
50 Golden Years in Scotland, The Scottish Gallery 2019
Series of gold beakers 2018-2019
Public Collections include: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archeology, Oxford; Birmingham City Art Gallery; British Museum; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Goldsmiths’ Company, London; The Hunterian, University of Glasgow; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; Perth (Scotland) Museum & Art Gallery; Royal Armouries, Tower of London; Victoria & Albert Museum.