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JOCELYN BURTON


Born in Wales in 1946 - Died 2020. Schooled at St Clare's, Seaton, Devon then Lady Margaret House, Cambridge. She intended to read modern languages at Cambridge but instead trained as a silversmith under Jack Stapley in London at Sir John Cass College as she knew that she "needed to create things." Studied etching and mezzotint here as well with Radovan Kraguli. 1966 travelling scholarship to Yugoslavia and the following year she won the De Beers International Award for diamond jewellery while still at college but left in her third year as she was not allowed to undertake practical experience one day a week. In 1970 she set up her studio in London at 50c Red Lion Street and had a one-man show at the Archer Gallery in Dover Street. Often uses naturalistic shells in her designs for domestic silver and this work is based on her own designs - from preliminary sketches to finished colour drawings. Sir Roy Strong says: 'Her drawings for commissions rank as works of art in their own right.' The Thames and Hudson Manual of Silversmithing by Frances Loyen was published in 1970 and contained many illustrations of Jocelyn's work from this period. In 1975 she produced some designs for Aurum. In 1976 she was commissioned to produced a fountain for the Fishmonger's Company for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. In 1995 Jocelyn Burton won the United Kingdom Jeweler Award for best design in silver and in 1998 had an exhibition at Asprey and Garrard in Bond Street and at Bentley & Skinner in 2012. She received the Prince Phillip Medal in 2003. Her work is in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum; 10 Downing Street; St Paul's Cathedral; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; York Minster; Lichfield Cathedral; Buckingham Palace; the Palace of the Ruler of Dubai and various Worshipful Companies of the City of London.

Personal statement: "The world truly is "my oyster" in the sense that I am fascinated by the beauty and complexity of nature. I pay great attention to detail, often incorporating precious and semi precious stones and finely chased figurative decoration but I strive overall for timelessness and boldness of concept and form." 

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.

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

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JOCELYN BURTON Silver BEAKER
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 14.5 cm

Satin finish set with three moonstones under Nautilus Shells
£ 595.00
JOCELYN BURTON Silver 'SCALLOP' BEAKER
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 9 cm
Diameter top: 7.8 cm
Weight: 389 gm

In original Jocelyn Burton box with silver mounted wooden plinth
£ 650.00
JOCELYN BURTON Silver TUMBLER CUP
London 1994

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 6 cm
Diameter: 7 cm

£ 375.00
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