Geelong gold cup, Edward Fischer & Fred Woodhouse
Geelong gold cup, crafted by Edward Fischer and designed by Fred Woodhouse.
1890, gold, 44.9 x 18.4 x 17.4cm. Geelong Gallery Collection. Purchased through the Dorothy McAllister Bequest Fund with the assistance of Geelong Racing Club, 1996.
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As one of Australia’s leading silversmiths, Geelong’s Edward Fischer manufactured an enormous variety of objects including an outstanding series of gold cups, commissioned by the Geelong Racing Club from 1873–90. The design differed each year and highlighted his skills as a master goldsmith. The 1890 version has a cup-shaped bowl standing on a beaded and engraved central column. Like the body, the open scroll-worked handles are skillfully engraved and have applied leaf decoration. The lid has applied decoration of bronzed gold jockey caps and horse shoes and is surmounted by a cast horse and jockey finial. In recent years the gallery has secured archival material pertaining to Fischer’s Geelong studio.