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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."


For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on GERALD BENNEY 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 GERALD BENNEY

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GERALD BENNEY Silver BUTTER CURLER
London 1953

Fully hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Brighton College of Art

Diameter: 15 cm
Weight: 235 g

Provenance: The GERALD & JANET BENNEY  Collection of Silver - Bonhams 20 November 2013 Lot 114 
Catalogue note: This was possibly made earlier and similar to other noted works made by Gerald while at the Brifghton College of Art

This was probably among the frst pieces of silver that Gerald Benney made. His father Ernest Sallis Benney was Principal of the Brighton School of Art  and would have had access to their hallmark to assay later. 

Gerald studied under Dunstan Pruden there until 1948. Anthony Elson also studied under Pruden in 1955 and he told me: 'The first thing that Pruden asked his fulltime students to make was a small bowl. This involved raising, planishing and shaping and finally soldering and all this took several weeks'

£650

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GERALD BENNEY Silver BEAKER - 1948
London 1948

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Mark: Brighton College of Art

Height: 12 cm
Diameter: 8.5 cm

Provenance: The GERALD & JANET BENNEY  Collection of Silver - Bonhams 20 November 2013 Lot 115

Handmade by Gerald Benney during his last year at Brighton before going to the Royal College of Art in 1950
£ 795.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver BUTTER KNIFE
London 1989

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 16 cm
Weight: 53 g

Designed by Gerald Benney and with the additional mark : GAK 
ALAN KELSEY was a spoonmaker, apprenticed C1950 he never registered his own mark, but occasionally used his brother's mark. (Geoffrey Kelsey was also a trained silversmith}.  Most of Alan's working life was spent with Vander's producing high quality hand made cutlery. 
£ 175.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver CANDLESTICKS
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 15.5 cm
£ 1,100.00
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
£ 950.00
x 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
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 BOOK
The story of fifty years at the bench by Graham Hughes 

220 pages with lots of colour illustrations 

Signed by Gerald Benney 

Paperback edition
£ 15.00
z Gerald Benney Book
Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Fine Enamellers

30 Page Catalogue of Benney's Products
Colour and B/W Pictures
130 Items

Click image to see pictures of inside
£ 45.00
z Gerald Benney Catalogue
With 1988 Price List

57 pages  - Well illustrated
£ 25.00