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Gerald BENNEY



Gerald Benney was born in 1930 in Hull to artistic parents, went to Brighton College of Art 1946-8 (his father was Principal) where he trained as a silversmith in the workshop of Dunstan Pruden at Ditchling. After military service he attended the Royal College of Art 1950-53 under Professor Robert Goodden. (Benney was Professor of Silversmithing and Jewellery here from 1974 to 1983). In 1953 he secured a workshop from the retiring owner Mr. S W Ide, the best gold-plater in London, at Whitfield Place off Tottenham Court Road. In 1958 he was made a Freeman of the Goldsmith's Company. 1964 elected a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. In 1969 he moved his London studio to Falcon Wharf, Bankside and by 1973 was at warehouses in Bear Lane, Southwark. Christopher Lawrence and Brian Fuller were both managers for him. With the crippling increase in VAT on luxury goods in 1974 he had to let most of his 19 staff go and moved everything to Beenham House, his home in Berkshire, where he stayed until 1998. Bear Lane was sold to Grant Macdonald who had a larger export market to the Middle East. From 1957-1969 Benney was Consultant Designer to Viners of Sheffield, designing pieces for silver, pewter and stainless steel production. In 1971 he became a Royal Designer for Industry. He had one man exhibitions at Goldsmith's Hall in 1973, enamels in 1994 and another in 2005. From 1974-1980 he received 4 Royal Warrants of appointment. Most important for the development of silver design he was appointed Professor at the Royal College of Art from 1974-1983. In 1981 he became Assistant at the Goldsmith's Hall. In 1993 his son Simon opened the showroom Benney in Walton Street.Gerald Benney died in 2008.Personal Statement "My philosophy as such is to project and involve my own personal design theme without too much reference to others in the field."

We are always interested in purchasing work by Gerald Benney 

Scroll down to see selection of items currently in stock 
 'Pepperers Guild' Silver Pepper
Gerald Benney
London 1980
Height: 6.8 cm

Engraved under the Coat of Arms of the Pepperers Guild The 800th Anniversary of the Pepperers Guild 1180-1980
£ 350.00
Boxed 'Chelsea' Silver Tea Spoons
Sheffield 1961
Designed by Gerald Benney
Made by E Viners
Length:10½cm

Chelsea was Gerald Benney's first big breakthrough design for Viners where he was consultant designer 1959-69.This would have been mass produced at the time in stainless steel
£ 110.00
Gerald Benney Book
The story of fifty years at the bench by Graham Hughes

220 pages with lots of colour illustrations

£20

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Gerald Benney Book
Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Fine Enamellers
30 Page Catalogue of Benney's Products
Colour and B/W Pictures
130 Items

£45

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Click image to see pictures of inside
Gerald Benney Book
Goldsmith and Silversmith

57 pages well illustrated

£25

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GERALD BENNEY Silver 3 Piece Coffee Set
Coffee: London 1973
Jug & Bowl: London 1976
Height: 27 cm


£ 6,500.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Beaker
London 1970
Height: 8.5 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm


£ 795.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Beaker
London 1971
Height: 8.5 cm

Commemorating the Queen's Silver Wedding 


£ 795.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Butter Knife
Sheffield 1963
Made by Viners
Designed by Gerald Benney
Length: 15cm

'Guild' Pattern

Gerald Benney was consultant designer at Viner from 1959-1969


£ 89.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Candelabra
London 1973
Height: 46cm
Width: 22cm
£ 5,791.67
Gerald Benney Silver Candle Tops
London 1983

Large: Diameter 8cm Height 7cm £98

Medium: Diameter 5.7 cm Height 4.7 cm £69

Small: Diameter 3.5cm Height: 3cm £45

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GERALD BENNEY Silver Coffee Pot
London 1967
Height: 26cm


£ 2,458.33
GERALD BENNEY Silver Cruet Set
London 1960
Peppermill, Salt and Mustard 
Height: 14cm (peppermill) 
Length: 7.5cm (mustard)

This is from the first large Corporate commission after the war for the Ionian Bank. The  bank had been bought by Michael Behrens, a patron of Gerald, who was the first backer of North Sea Oil. Later he would give Gerald a bridging loan to purchase his property at Beenham. Behrens also owned the Hanover Gallery, the firdt to show the work of Francis Bacon. Other similarly crested pieces from the Ionian commission can be seen on pages 100 and 101 of Graham Hughes' book; 'Gerald Benney - The story of 50 years at the bench'


£ 2,950.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Goblet
London 1990
Height: 11 cm
Diameter: 5.5 cm


£ 695.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Goblet
London 1973
Height: 10.6 cm

Two available
£ 795.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver 'Haberdasher's 'Company' Beaker
London 1973
Height: 8.5 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm

Crested - The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers - 'Serve and Obey'
£ 795.00
Gerald Benney Silver Jubilee Dish
London 1977
Made for Carrington and Co
Limited Edition of 1000
Diameter: 13½cm

£295

Original box and certificate

£ 295.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Pricket Candleholder
London 1963
Height: 17 cm
Diameter of base: 14 cm

Provenence: The Janet and Gerald Benney Silver Collection
£ 1,450.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Spoon
London 1977
Silver Jubilee Hallmark
13.5 cm


£ 98.00
Gerald Benney Silver Sugar Caster
Designed by Gerald Benney for Viners
Sheffield 1962
Signed to base 'Designed by Gerald Benny
Height 15cm

Gerald Benney came into our shop sometime ago and I asked him about his design work for Viners. He showed me the base of one of the pieces we had in stock and he said: 'They paid me all that money and couldn't even spell my name correctly!' (All Viners pieces engraved Benny to base)
£ 295.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Sugar Caster
London 1990
Height: 16.2 cm
Diameter base: 5 cm
£995 each

(one sold)

Identical example London 1995 
£ 995.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver Tray
London 1964
42.5cm by 19.7cm
Retailed by Hardy Brothers Ltd, Australia  

 
£ 2,500.00
Gerald Benney Silver Tumblers
London 1980
Height: 5.5cm
Diameter: 6cm

£495 each

Two available
£ 495.00
GERALD BENNEY Small Silver Goblet
London 1975
Height: 10.2 cm
Diameter top: 4.2 cm
£ 550.00
Silver Beaker
London 1948
Mark: Brighton College of Art
Height: 12cm
Diameter: 8.5cm

Handmade by Gerald Benney during his last year at Brighton before going to the Royal College of Art in 1950

Provenence : The Gerald and Janet Benney Collection of Silver
£ 695.00
Silver Candle Tops
London 1983
Gerald Benney
Diameter: 3.5cm
Height: 3cm 
£ 89.00
Silver Taperstick Holder
Sheffield 1962
E Viner
Designed by Gerald Benney
(Viners engraved 'Designed by Gerald Benny')
Consultant designer for Viner 1959-69
Diameter: 13cm


£ 350.00
SIMON BENNEY Silver Goblet
London 2008
Height: 12.8 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm
£ 550.00