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GERALD BENNEY

Gerald Benney Silver Items

Gerald Benney Silver Items for Sale

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."
 
For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on GERALD BENNEY in my book:      
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985
 
We are always interested in purchasing work by GERALD BENNEY
 
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GERALD BENNEY Silver 8 COCKTAIL GOBLETS
London 1965 (2 1967)

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 12.5 cm
Diameter: 8.2 cm
Weight: 1061g
£ 4,950.00
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER from studios established 1930 - 1985 by DEREK STYLES & JOHN ANDREW

'DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER from studios established 1930 to 1985' is a beautifully produced 560 page slip case edition weighing over 4 kilos and retails at £75. This is a major work and should remain the definitive book on the period for some time to come. It has taken over 20 years of research and 7 years writing. Already the standard work used by Auction Houses and Museums.

It features: Introduction by Gordon Hamme; An overview of this important period; Biographical chapters on the 50 major silversmiths; Brief information of over 200 others; Where pieces can be seen; A glossary and is fully indexed with full colour illustrations. 

Book can be viewed here: https://issuu.com/accpublishinggroup/docs/whole_book_pdf

Written by my father DEREK STYLES & JOHN ANDREW - please ask if you would like a signed copy

THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE WITHIN THE UK DUE TO ITS WEIGHT

£ 49.00
GERALD BENNEY Boxed Silver NAPKIN RING
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)
Silver Jubilee Hallmark

Diameter: 4.5 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

In original box - 3 available
£ 275.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver BANGLE
London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 6.6 cm
Depth: 1.6 cm
£ 250.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver PRICKET CANDLESTICK 1963
London 1963

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 16 cm
Weight: 286 gm

Hand raised

Provenance: The GERALD & JANET BENNEY  Collection of Silver - Bonhams 20 November 2013 Lot 113

Second image is of Janet & Gerald Benney with this actual candlestick on their dining table at Beenham about 1965
£ 895.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver SILVER JUBILEE DISH
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 13.5 cm

Made for Carrington and Co to Commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee - Limited Edition No. 4 of 1000 
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This was designed and made by Benney to Commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee for an exhibition Gerald had at Carrington in Regent Street 1-30 June 1977 and 13 other pieces with a spiral Bark finish.
The catalogue had a forward by Sir Hugh Casson, President of the Royal Academy.
£ 220.00
z GERALD BENNEY - FIFTY YEARS AT THE BENCH
The story of fifty years at the bench by Graham Hughes

220 pages with lots of colour illustrations

Sealed Hardback edition
£ 15.00
z Gerald Benney Catalogue
With 1988 Price List

57 pages  - Well illustrated
£ 25.00