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HECTOR MILLER



Hector Miller: born 1945 West Sussex. Local art school in Worthing then at Hornsey College of Art where he studied three dimensional design. While at the Royal College of Art (1965-68) under Robert Goodden he won a competition to design and make a pair of ceremonial batons for the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh. MDes 1971. Joined the Clerkenwell workshop of Stuart Devlin where he was a designer/manager for 3 years - notable commissions he designed at this time and made in the Devlin workshop were a dinner service for the Shah of Iran (1974), a gold cup for the EEC and the York Minister goblet, the first of a long series of commemorative projects for English Cathedrals. (See separate Category: AURUM) He was also responsible for the manufacture of the cruet designed and engraved by Malcolm Appleby for The Silver Trust. Set up his own company in 1974 and in 1975 bought the 62 Rochester Place workshop of Leslie Durbin on his retirement and he employed 15 craftsmen and still works from the same address. Made a Liveryman of the Goldsmith's Company in 1986 and held exhibitions there from 1968. In 1993 was commissioned by the Hall to produce 3 cruets for the top table at Court luncheons in the Hall and 2 salvers for Downing Street. He became a member of the Company's Modern Collection Committee and was elected a member of the Court of Assistants in 2000 in recognition of his service to the craft and Prime Warden in 2011. He also produced a Freedom Pen Stand for the Hall that was the first piece of silver to be struck with the Millennium hallmark at the London Assay Office.




AURUM Silver Gilt 'CONGRESS of EUROPE' 1976 STANDING CUP & COVER

London 1978  (Special commission for the 1976 prize - see note below*)

This was the 14th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with correspondence from Aurum Designs and a letter signed by John Sutherland-Hawes

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Engraved to base:

FACSIMILE OF THE FOURTH EUROPEAN MOVEMENT PRIZE PRESENTED TO SIGNOR ALTIERO SPINELLI in 1976

Edition:                       Special commission  (See note below*)

Designer:                     Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller 

Makerís Mark:            Am

Weight:                       597 g

Height:                        21 cm

Portraiture by Hector Miller M. Des. RCA - Calligraphy by Madelaine Dinkel ARCA MSIA FSDC

Heads around cover: 

MACMILLAN - MONNET - SCHUMAN - SPAAK - ADENAUER - BLUM - CHURCHILL - DE GASPERI

Each cup is an identical copy of the first one produced, except each prize-winner chooses a quotation from his own speeches or writings which is applied, in his own language, in fine calligraphy around the base.

Spinelli chose: 'L'Europa non cada dal'cielo' (You won't find Europe growing on trees)

* When I contacted John Sutherland-Hawes about the complete sets Aurum Designs produced, this one was not listed. 

With this goblet is a letter dated October 1978 from him stating: ' ....... was especially produced to your order ....'

This last cup was not advertised and only produced for previous purchasers of the first three if they enquired, therefore would have been made in a very small run. There is also correspondence doubting any production at all of the last two in this series - 1977 & 1978. 

This is the only example of the one for Spinelli that I have ever seen, and have never seen any for the last 2 years in this series, so believe they were never produced. If anyone has seen other ones, please contact me.

RESERVED £895

AURUM Silver St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL BOWL
London 1975

In Tarnprufe Bag

This was the 11th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER  761 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 900 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ST PAULíS CATHEDRAL TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE IN 1675

Edition of:                   900

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:            JB

Weight:                       239g

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm   Cost new:  £94 - £186 pair - £370 x 4

Before starting the rebuilding of St Paulís following the Great Fire, Christopher Wren stood on the empty site and called for a stone to mark the centre of the new building. A workman pulled a fragment of an old gravestone from the rubble and handed it to him: it was inscribed ĎResurgemí - ĎI shall rise againí. It had already been rebuilt three times and now for the fourth, like a phoenix from the ashes. Over the great south door of the completed cathedral stands the carved phoenix which he placed there, above the solitary word ĎResurgemí

£ 220.00
AURUM Silver 'St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL ROYAL WEDDING' Goblet
London 1981

This was the 36th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original box with certificate, leaflet and Tarnprufe bag

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Engraved to base: 

NUMBER 809 A LIMITED EDITION OF 1,000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ST PAULíS TO COMMEMORATE THE WEDDING OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE LADY DIANA SPENCER ON 29 JULY 1981

Booklet certificate signed by Alan Webster, Dean of St. Paulís

Edition of:                   1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                        Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                       384 gm

Height:                         16.7 cm      Cost new:   £388 - £770 pair - £2300 x 6

 The bowl of the goblet is held by heraldic beasts, each holding its appropriate coat of arms, are those associated with the three principals in the event.

For the Prince, the Dragon, his insignia as Prince of Wales: the Celtic badge of chieftanship, first used in English royal heraldry by the Tudors.

For the Lady Diana, the Griffin, crest of the Spencers: in legend a guardian of treasure with the appearance of the eagle and lion combined.

For St Paulís, the Phoenix, its emblem chosen by Wren. The cathedral he built replaced old St Paulís, destroyed in the Great Fire of London, as fire had destroyed its two predecessors. Each time, like a phoenix from its ashes, it rose again.

The first goblet in this edition was given by the Cathedral as a wedding gift to The Prince & Princess of Wales after the marriage ceremony there

£ 650.00
AURUM Silver 'WESTMINSTER ABBEY JUBILEE' BOWL
London 1977

This was the 19th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

Original box (marked on top) no paperwork

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 226 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 2500 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF WESTMINSTER TO COMMEMORATE THE SILVER JUBILEE IN 1977 OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Certificate signed by Edward Carpenter, Dean of Westminster

Edition of:                   2500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       8.5oz

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm     Cost new:        £143 - £284 pair - £850 x 6

The handle of the Bowl, sculptured by Tim Minett, is a crowned, rampant lion, the royal and national symbol of England. Its left paw is supported by a shield bearing across and martlets: the arms of St Edward, which is incorporated in those of the Abbey. The lion proffers St Edwardís Crown, so named because, in origin, it was the Confessorís own, preserved by the Abbey. It is the Coronation Crown which, at the height of the great national and religious solemnity, is taken from the Abbeyís High Altar by the Dean of Westminster and presented to the Archbishop to be placed on the head of the newly-anointed sovereign.

£ 350.00
AURUM Silver 'WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL'  BOWL
London 1979

Original Box

This was the 26th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 110 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 900 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER TO COMMEMORATE THE NINTH CENTENARY OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL IN 1979

Certificate signed by Michael Stancliffe, Dean of Winchester

Edition of:                              900

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:              HM

Weight:                       216 g

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £182

£ 295.00
AURUM Silver 'YORK MINSTER'' BOWL
London 1972

Original white box and Certificate

This was the 2nd item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 356 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE GOTHIC MINSTER AND THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS WORK OF RECONSTRUCTION IN 1972

Certificate signed by Alan Richardson, Dean of York

Edition of:                               1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

Diameter of bowl:       11.5 cm                  Cost new:        £63.50 - £121 pair

The Bowlís handle depicts, in deep sculptured relief, two men working on the fabric of the Minster. To the left, a mason in fifteenth-century dress, representative of the original builders, carves the Minsterís arms; to the right, a welder, representative of the restorers, is at work on the steel shoring which supported the structure during restoration.

£ 275.00
AURUM Silver 'YORK MINSTER'' BOWLS
London 1972

Original white box and Certificate

This was the 2nd item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 464 & 465 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE GOTHIC MINSTER AND THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS WORK OF RECONSTRUCTION IN 1972

Certificate signed by Alan Richardson, Dean of York

Edition of:                               1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

Diameter of bowl:       11.5 cm                  Cost new:        £63.50 - £121 pair

The Bowlís handle depicts, in deep sculptured relief, two men working on the fabric of the Minster. To the left, a mason in fifteenth-century dress, representative of the original builders, carves the Minsterís arms; to the right, a welder, representative of the restorers, is at work on the steel shoring which supported the structure during restoration.

(These was unopened since 1972 and in original despatch box when they arrived!)

£ 550.00
HECTOR MILLER Silver FISH DISH
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver 
Sterling (925)

Length: 14.5 cm
Width: 10 cm
Weight: 152 gm
£ 350.00
HECTOR MILLER Silver NAPKIN RING
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4 cm
£ 90.00
HECTOR MILLER Silver NAPKIN RING
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4.5 cm
£ 110.00
HECTOR MILLER Silver NAPKIN RING
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4.5 cm
£ 110.00
x 'MINDFUL of SILVER' Exhibition Catalogue
Catalogue for the 2011 Exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall

30 page well illustrated showing the work of 12 Silversmiths:
Vladimir Bohm 
David Clarke
Rebecca de Quin
Sarah Denny
Alistair McCallum
Grant McCaig
Hector Miller
Peter Musson
Theresa Nguyen
Michael Rowe
Toby Russell
Lucian Taylor

£ 10.00