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2005/135/1 Prototype communion cup and communion plate, silver / gold plate / polymer nylon, for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, designed and made by Hendrik Forster, Nungurner, Victoria, Australia, 2001. Click to enlarge.

Prototype communion cup and communion plate for St Patrick's Cathedral by Hendrik Forster

Made
The destruction of Parramatta's St Patrick's Cathedral by fire in 1996 lead to an extensive project of restoration and rebuilding, with Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorpe (MGT) appointed as the architects. This firm had a reputation for commissioning significant works for inclusion in its buildings, perhaps the most notable being the art program for the new Parliament House in Canberra. With the assistance of Pamille Berg, who coordinated the Parliament House art program in the late 1980s, MGT …

Summary

Object No.

2005/135/1

Object Statement

Prototype communion cup and communion plate, silver / gold plate / polymer nylon, for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, designed and made by Hendrik Forster, Nungurner, Victoria, Australia, 2001

Physical Description

Prototype communion cup and communion plate, silver / gold-plate / polymer nylon, for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, designed and made by Hendrik Forster, Nungurner, Victoria, Australia, 2001

Communion cup, flat circular base, narrow cylindrical stem, with smaller flat circular collar around stem below deep cup-form lined with gold plate.
Communion plate, wide flat polymer nylon base, with low walls in silver, the interior lined with gold plate.

Marks

No marks under cup.Under plate inset a small square of silver, stamped with a square with stylised 'HF'

Production

Notes

Victorian silversmith, Hendrik Forster, made this silver and gold-plated communion cup and plate in around 2001 as prototypes of those that he would produce for St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Parramatta. This would be the largest silver commission in Australia for 25 years, involving the production of 65 sacred vessels. The diocese's design brief called for a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic reflecting the 2000-year history of vessels made in the Christian tradition. The pieces would also need to withstand centuries of future use.

The design brief stated: '...it is important that the vessels are in keeping with the spare and ordered architectural language of the building design and of the other major commissioned works... However, essential functional elements of the Cathedral and Chapel such as these vessels will have an important contribution to the intensity of the Mass and of the rich ambience of the Church in creating the setting for parishioners' worship...'. Forster responded to the brief with a series of 63 restrained vessels made from traditional silver and gold-plating balanced with a more contemporary stainless steel. The matt finish and concealed bases in black nylon made them robust and easy to use.

History

Notes

Victorian silversmith, Hendrik Forster, made this communion plate and communion cup as prototypes of those that he would produce for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. An historic commission, this was part of a larger project that saw the rebuilding and restoration of the burnt cathedral, and the production of furnishings and art objects for the interior.

Forster received his Diploma of Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts and his journeymanship at the Guild of Gold and Silversmiths in Munich in 1973. Since moving to Australia in 1974, he has undertaken many important public commissions that include Australia's royal wedding gift to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981; tableware for the Lodge in Canberra in 1981; table silver and a bronze cast sundial for the new Parliament House in Canberra in 1987 and 1988; church silver for St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane in 1989; and the Premier's gold trophy for Victorian wine in 1997. He lectured in gold and silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) from 1983 to 1985, and served as guest lecture at various Australian and New Zealand institutions from 1982 to 1990. His work features in many public and private collections, and he has held more than a dozen solo exhibitions.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2005

Acquisition Date

30 May 2005

Cite this Object

Harvard

Prototype communion cup and communion plate for St Patrick's Cathedral by Hendrik Forster 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/350306>

Wikipedia

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