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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 
GERALD BENNEY Silver INGOT PAPERWEIGHT
London 1996

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 10 cm
Weight: 241 gm

Presented by Ove Arup Partners (Consulting Engineers) for 10 years service in Original box
£ 475.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver PRICKET CANDLESTICK 1963
London 1963

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 16 cm
Weight: 286 gm

Hand raised

Provenance: The Janet & Gerald Benney Collection of Silver - Bonhams Lot 113 20 November 2013

Second image is of Janet & Gerald Benney with this candlestick on their dining table at Beenham about 1965
£ 950.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver 'LAWSON' VASE
London 1989

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 12 cm
Diameter top: 16 cm
Weight: 615 gm
£ 1,950.00
GERALD BENNEY 6 Silver WINE GOBLETS
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 10.8 cm
Weight: 1425 gm

In original Benney green silk bags in original Bennry box with silver presentation plaque
£ 4,950.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver BEAKER - 1948
London 1948

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Mark: Brighton College of Art

Height: 12 cm
Diameter: 8.5 cm

Handmade by Gerald Benney during his last year at Brighton before going to the Royal College of Art in 1950
Provenance : The Gerald and Janet Benney Collection of  Silver
£ 795.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver CANDLESTICKS
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 15.5 cm
£ 1,100.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver CHELSEA TEASPOONS 1964
Sheffield 1964

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 10 cm

'CHELSEA' Pattern cutlery designed by GERALD BENNEY while he was consultant designer at Viners of Sheffield from 1959-1969 - often turns up in plate but rarely in silver
£ 69.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver COFFEE POT
London 1967

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 26 cm
£ 2,500.00
GERALD BENNEY Silver HABERDASHERS' COMPANY BEAKER
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 8.5 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm

The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers - 'Serve and Obey'
£ 650.00
SIMON BENNEY Silver & PURPLE ENAMEL TUMBLER CUP
London 2009

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 5.5 cm
Diameter: 7.5 cm

Stunning colour enamel in perfect condition
£975

RESERVED 

SIMON BENNEY Silver GOBLET
London 2008

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 12.8 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm
£ 495.00
w GERALD BENNEY Silver 'GUILD' Cutlery
Unused new ex-shop stock - tucked away for over 50 years

'GUILD' Pattern silver cutlery designed by GERALD BENNEY while he was consultant designer at Viners of Sheffield from 1959-1969

All hallmarked Sheffield 1966-67 and come in original storage cutlery rolls and card boxes

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x GERALD BENNEY 6 Silver 'GUILD' Dessert Spoons
Sheffield 1966/7

Length: 18 cm
Weight: 358 gms

2 sets available

Unused new ex-shop stock - tucked away for over 50 years

'GUILD' Pattern silver cutlery designed by GERALD BENNEY while he was consultant designer at Viners of Sheffield from 1959-1969

All hallmarked Sheffield 1966-67 and come in original storage cutlery rolls and card boxes

See individual sets currently available

£ 195.00
x GERALD BENNEY 6 Silver 'GUILD' Dessert Spoons
Sheffield 1966/7

Length: 18 cm
Weight: 358 gm

Unused new ex-shop stock - tucked away for over 50 years

'GUILD' Pattern silver cutlery designed by GERALD BENNEY while he was consultant designer at Viners of Sheffield from 1959-1969

All hallmarked Sheffield 1966-67 and come in original storage cutlery rolls and card boxes

See individual sets currently available
£ 195.00
x GERALD BENNEY 6 Silver 'GUILD' Tea Spoons
Sheffield 1966

!2 cm
125 gm

2 sets available

Unused new ex-shop stock - tucked away for over 50 years

'GUILD' Pattern silver cutlery designed by GERALD BENNEY while he was consultant designer at Viners of Sheffield from 1959-1969

All hallmarked Sheffield 1966-67 and come in original storage cutlery rolls and card boxes

See individual sets currently available

£ 125.00
y GERALD BENNEY Silver 'GUILD' Tea Knives
Sheffield 1966

Made by Viners
Designed by Gerald Benney

Length: 12 cm

Gerald Benney was consultant designer at Viner from 1959-1969

Original cutlery rolls

£ 98.00
z Gerald Benney Book
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