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BRIAN ASQUITH


Born in Sheffield in 1930 he started at the junior art department at the Sheffield College of Arts and Crafts and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1947-51 where he studied in the School of Sculpture under Professor Frank Dobson. National service 1951-3, returned to Sheffield and developed an industrial design practice in 1955 where he shared a workshop with David Mellor until 1960. The 'Brian Asquith Design Partnership', housed in a studio workshop in Youlgreave, Derbyshire combined in the 1960's and 1970's a flourishing industrial design business with production in precious metals. In the late 1960's he was very involved with the Goldsmith's' Company and its extensive programme of overseas exhibitions; in 1967 he took the Goldsmith's Company exhibition to the Lincoln Center in New York and looked after the main exhibit, a Paul de Lamerie dish, in his hotel room before its installation. He began producing his own silverware in 1968; an early commission were items for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales. He has several Design Council awards for both coal and gas fired domestic appliances and they put on an exhibition of his work at the Design Centre in the Haymarket in 1980. He produced a range for Alessi in stainless steel and silver in the 1990's, as well as domestic silver for Downing Street, commissioned by the Silver Trust in 1993 and work for Lichfield and Chichester Cathedrals. From 1963 he lived and worked in the Peak District with his three sons. He designed the Peace Gardens for the Millennium in Sheffield as well as various pieces of street furniture. He was a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company and had a retrospective exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall in 1993 followed by one in Sheffield's Millenium Galleries in 2004. He died in March 2008.  

For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on BRIAN ASQUITH in my book:      (click on this link}:                                                                       
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985 (styles-silver.co.uk)   

We are always interested in purchasing work by BRIAN ASQUITH 

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BRIAN ASQUITH Silver & Acrylic GOBLET
Sheffield 1992

Fully hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18 cm
Diameter: 8.5 cm
Weight: 522 g

In 1984, Lord Tombs, as a new Assistant at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, commissioned a Court wine cup from Brian Asquith - at the time Sir Francis Tombs was Chairman of Rolls Royce. This is an identical goblet but slightly larger.

See illustration 245 in Treasures of the 20th Century - the Goldsmiths' Company exhibition catalogue

£ 1,250.00
BRIAN ASQUITH Silver 12 WINE GOBLETS
Sheffield 1970

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

1 1969 - 1 1972

Height: 11.5 cm
Diameter: 6.6 cm
Total Weight: 3680g

Only 8 guests tonight? Turn the others over for a matching set of candlesticks!

Or the set of 10 1970 £4950

£ 5,950.00
BRIAN ASQUITH Silver BOTTLE COASTER
Sheffield 1998

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

'New Spirit'

Diameter: 10.5 cm
Height: 3.5 cm
£ 250.00
BRIAN ASQUITH Silver BOX
Sheffield 1970

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4.75 cm
Height: 3 cm
£ 250.00
BRIAN ASQUITH Silver STILTON SCOOP
Sheffield 2000
Millennium Hallmark

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

'New Spirit'

Length: 13 cm
£ 175.00
BRIAN ASQUITH Silver WINE COASTER
Sheffield 1997
Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

'New Spirit' with Rosewood Base

Diameter: 12.2 cm
Height: 4.5 cm
£ 295.00
w BRIAN ASQUITH 'CHAMPAGNE' 6 Place CUTLERY CANTEEN
Stainless Steel 6 Place Canteen

'Champagne' Pattern
58 Pieces in original box

Brian Asquith designed this for Spear and Jackson (Ashberry) Ltd
£ 295.00
X MILLENIUM CANTEEN CATALOGUE
Catalogue when Sheffield City Council commissioned a canteen to be made for the Millennium

Including work by Brian Asquith, Michael Bolton, William Phipps, Richard Fox, Julie Chamberlain, etc - In total 37 Silversmiths 

Well illustrated 
£ 15.00
y LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL SILVER COMMISSION CATALOGUE
48 page book dealing with all aspects of the 1991  Commission of Silver for Lichfield Cathedral

All pieces illustrated and detailed

26 cm x 21 cm 

If you haven't been to see this wonderful collection in the Cathedral Treasury then you should go
£ 25.00