Posts in New Silver
by Terry Betteridge on December 1st, 2009
Rarely and wonderfully do I experience true genius first hand. Invariably, there’s a wealth of sweat and study belying the shock in seeing a real work of art, and with Patrick Mavros’s latest sculptures (over three years in the making), the result of his labors is truly overwhelming.
As a committed turkey hunter and bird watcher, the realism and mating panache of the tom turkey, even in glowing silver, is amazing. The demure hen is the girl I’ve watched so many times, coyly surveying her surroundings out of the corner of her eye. Every feather is individually chased and engraved, many having been separately formed and inset to give the natural sheen and glimmer of the wild bird’s body and flight feathers.
It’s worth a trip just to admire what a student of nature and a master silversmith can create.
by Win Betteridge on June 1st, 2009
Although Patrick Mavros’s flagship store is on Fulham Road in London, he is quick to point out that he is not an Englishman; he is Zimbabwean through and through.
Mavros creates some of the finest silver in the world from a rustic estate on a hilltop outside Harare. From his rural compound, Mavros crafts exquisite silver sculptures, jewelry, and accessories that bring the African Bush into the homes of his prestigious clientele, which includes the English Royal Family and J.K. Rowling.
In keeping with his quixotic, truly authentic personality his animal sculptures are startlingly realistic yet charmingly whimsical. From elephant wine coasters and monkey swizzle sticks, to Baobab tree candelabras and exquisitely cast silverback gorilla sculptures (pictured above), Mavros’s creations come to life before your eyes.
Although Mavros is best known as a talented silversmith, his life revolves around his wife, Catja, and their four sons: Patrick Jr., Alexander, Benjamin and Forbes. His sons are actively involved in the business, and have helped create a distinctive line of products that will bring a smile of satisfaction to the face of even the most discriminating dad.