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Roland Daraspe

Roland Daraspe Silversmith
Contact
French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 557884879
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From boilerman to silversmith

  • • Roland was named Master of Art in 2002
  • • He creates tableware and decorative objects in silver
  • • He won the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'intelligence de la main in 2006

Roland Daraspe first trained as a boilermaker and later as a naval aviation mechanic. One day he started to create jewellery from horseshoe nails “and I realised that I could create. That was the trigger”. He started to make metal boxes that he presented at various exhibitions in France. One day, while exhibiting his work, a woman approached him and told him he should present his work at the Elysée palace, the home of the French president, which was at the time François Mitterrand. Roland thought it was a practical joke, but he did actually go on to present his work there, which led to him making ceremonial gifts for the Elysée palace for ten years.

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Chalice and Paten

This chalice and paten are one-off creations made of solid silver and boxwood. The paten is a small plate used for serving the Communion bread and the chalice holds the Communion wine, both used in celebration of the Eucharist during Catholic Mass.

Height 161 mm
Diameter 122 mm

Roland Daraspe Silversmith
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Gold Pearl Cup

This one-of-a-kind silver and gold bowl is handmade and its exterior surface finished with flattened geometric forms.

Height 123 mm
Diameter 138154 mm

Roland Daraspe Silversmith
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PJB Cup

The interior of this silver goblet is finished in vermeil. Vermeil is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. The base of the cup is decorated with hammered leaf-like patterns.

Height 115 mm
Diameter 82 mm

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Rice Bowl

This rice bowl is a one-off creation. The body of the bowl is made of silver 925 and the interior surface has been lightly hammered, creating a play of monochrome contrasts. The polished silver opening of the bowl contrasts also with the polished snakewood chopsticks placed in discreetly crafted holders on the bowl’s handles.

Height 93 mm
Length 160 mm
Width 148 mm

Roland Daraspe Silversmith

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