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David MELLOR



David Mellor was born in Sheffield in 1930 and trained as a silversmith at Sheffield College of Art, the Royal College of Art and the British School in Rome. In 1952 he visited Scandinavia on a travelling scholarship and designed Pride cutlery while still at college. This was later manufactured by Walker and Hall for whom Mellor became design consultant. In 1954 he set up his first silversmithing business in Sheffield, sharing a workshop with Brian Asquith from 1955 to 1960. He died in 2009.
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DAVID MELLOR  'Embassy' Pattern Silver Dessert Knife
Sheffield 1963

17cm 

3 available - £89 each

In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British Embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works ,desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere but bears his maker's mark. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.
£ 89.00
DAVID MELLOR Book
'Master Metalworker'

2006 142 pages Hardback

£ 10.00
DAVID MELLOR 'Embassy' Pattern Silver Tablespoon
Sheffield 1962

19.5 cm 


In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British Embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works, desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere but bears his maker's mark. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.
£ 140.00
DAVID MELLOR 'Embassy' Pattern Silver Tea Spoon
Sheffield 1962

13.5 cm

2 available - £89 each

In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British Embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works, desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere but bears his maker's mark. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.

£ 89.00
Silver Jug and Bowl
Walker and Hall
Sheffield 1955


Width: 10 cm
Height: 5 cm

David Mellor had graduated from the RCA in 1954 and made a design consultant for Walker and Hall. Professor Robert Goodden considered this appointment as the highlight of the mid 1950's. Although no designs have been found by Mellor for these, his wife Fiona McCarthy and son Corin Mellor have confirmed that the basic design for these follows his thoughts on this early period and that the double skinned handles also points to these being designed by him. 
£ 350.00