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STUART DEVLIN

Stuart Devlin goldsmith and silversmith

Stuart Devlin Silver Items for Sale

STUART DEVLIN ranks as one of the great contemporary gold and silversmiths and has been acclaimed by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths as the designer with 'the Midas touch'. In the 1960's and 70's some silversmiths were disenchanted with designing anonymously for big manufacturing firms, which were in decline, and they set out on their own. They focused on their own style and had a personal commitment to the marketing of their own productions. The business designer craftsmen Stuart Devlin and Gerald Benney led in this field. Devlin was very successful with the idea of limited editions and the most popular of these were the surprise Easter eggs and Christmas boxes, which were so successful commercially that they have now become collector's items. He was born in Geelong, Australia, in 1931. In his third year of secondary education, he chose to become an art teacher, specializing in gold and silversmithing. In 1957 he obtained a post at a Melbourne college and studied for a Diploma of Art in gold and silversmithing. On the strength of this achievement, he was awarded scholarships to study at the Royal College of Art in London in 1958. He excelled and, as a result, was awarded a Fellowship by the Harkness Foundation of New York. He chose to spend the two-year fellowship at Columbia University in the U.S. On the completion of his overseas study in 1962, he returned to teach in Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently became an inspector of art schools. In 1964, he won a competition to design the first decimal coinage for Australia. In 1965, he moved to London and opened a small workshop. This marked the beginning of Devlin's true style. He changed his design direction away from "the austerity of the Bauhaus/Scandinavian Schools to a romantic use of precious metal." He concluded that the role for a contemporary silversmith is to enrich the way people live and work. He felt the nature of his craft and the romance of precious metals gave him an opportunity to design pieces that added delight, surprise, intrigue, and even amusement to what had become austere and even sterile within the modern idiom of design. Increasingly he turned out rich and romantic pieces that retained simple forms. Developing these pieces required technical innovation because the traditional methods of enrichment were either not available any more or were too time-consuming and therefore prohibitively expensive. He adapted and devised techniques to enable him to produce a wide variety of textures and filigree forms. In 1967, he began designing jewelry and, over the next decade, became well-known in London's West End with his exhibitions at Collingwoods. In 1972 transferred his retail gallery to the ground floor of his St. John Street workshop in Clerkenwell and continued holding his annual exhibition of his collection, often numbering 250 pieces. He employed 9 craftsmen here. Between 1979 and 1983 he had a prestigious showroom in Conduit Street. In 1982, he was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweler to Her Majesty the Queen. In 1987 he was commissioned by Argyle Diamonds to make a diamond collection. Stuart Devlin produced a new collection each year which has forced him to continually seek new ideas for his next collection, particularly since the many collectors of his work anticipate something exciting and different each year. Among his most popular commissions, Stuart Devlin has designed coins for 36 countries throughout the world, including Singapore, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands. He has designed hundreds of commemorative medallions. He designs furniture, interiors, jewelry, and commission pieces of all types, including trophies, clocks, centerpieces, goblets, candelabra, bowls, and insignia. He closed his London shop and workshop and moved to the South Coast. He was Prime Warden of the Goldsmith's Company 1996-7.  A book on his work was published just before he died in 2018.
 
Personal Statement from Stuart Devlin:
I hope that my work reflects four maxims:
That future is much more important than the past
That creativity is paramount
That skill is fundamental
And that the justification for being a goldsmith is to enrich the way people live and work
For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on STUART DEVLIN 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 STUART DEVLIN
 
Scroll down to see selection of items currently in stock 
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOOKMARK & BOOK
BOOKMARK
London 2018

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 19 cm without Tassel - engraved 20 to reverse

This was the last piece of silver that Stuart Devlin designed.

This is a boxed Special Limited Edition number 20 of only 25 produced. The book is the same as the one published by The Antique Collectors Club but with red page ends rather than gold and is unopened; in original wrap. Comes with a Certificate and in original packaging.
Due to the weight, this only ships to the UK - please enquire about cost elsewhere
£ 1,250.00
STUART DEVLIN 4 SILVER CARYATIC WINE GOBLETS
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 20.2 cm
Diameter: 7.8 cm
Weight: 33 oz

Hand raised bowls - In original box retailed by Boodle & Dunthorne Liverpool

Another set of 6 identical goblets London 1973 also available (Code 6 caryatic)
£ 2,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 SILVER CARYATIC WINE GOBLETS
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 20.2 cm
Diameter: 7.8 cm
Weight: 52 oz

Hand raised bowls - In original box retailed by Boodle & Dunthorne Liverpool

Another set of 4 identical goblets London 1972 also available (Code: 4 caryatic)
£ 4,500.00
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
STUART DEVLIN 8 Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 19.8 cm
£ 3,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Large Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
London 1987

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 20.5 cm

A one-off commission piece for Sir R Arculus KCMG KCVO - Director of Glaxo 1983-91 - (A larger variation of an existing design)
£ 895.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1977/8

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22 cm
£ 1,250.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 6 Place CUTLERY SET
London 1972-5

'CHAMPAGNE' Pattern - Hand forged by Richard Cook

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

51 oz + Silver handled knives

42 Pieces in Cutlery Rolls
6 x - Soup Spoons, Dessert Spoons, Tea Spoons
6 x -  Dessert Forks, Table Forks
6 x - Table Knives, Dessert Knives
£ 7,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 8 WINE GOBLETS
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 19 cm
Weight: 53 oz
£ 3,750.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BEAKER
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 13cm
Weight: 217g

4 available
£ 595.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BEAKER
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 11 cm
Diameter top: 6 cm
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOX - 'GILT FLOWERS'
London 1981

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 5 cm
Height: 2 cm

(Original retail price £155)
£ 295.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOX - LARGE
London 1976

Fully hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 11 cm
Height: 6.3 cm
Weight: 290 g
£ 595.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOX - MEDIUM
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 7.5 cm
Height: 5 cm
Weight: 152 g
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOX - SMALL
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 5.2 cm
Height: 4 cm
Weight: 84 g
£ 295.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOX 'ENAMEL FLOWERS'
London 1981

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 5 cm
Height: 5 cm
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CADDY SPOON  - PRINCE ANDREW WEDDING
London 1986

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 6.7 cm

Limited edition of 100 commemorating the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in original box - original price £88 + £5 p&p

Image showing Stuart's original design for this
£ 240.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CADDY SPOON - PRINCE WILLIAM
London 1982

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 7 cm

Number 46 of a Limited edition of 100 commemorating the birth of Prince William - This first edition was quickly sold out so Stuart designed and made a second example

In original box with Devlin receipt
£ 240.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CADDY SPOON - SILVER JUBILEE
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Siver
Sterling (925)

Length: 7.8 cm

Stuart used the same casting of the crown from the Limited Edition commissioned by The Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors but with a different shaped bowl
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CADDY SPOON 'PRINCE of WALES'
London 1983

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 6.5 cm

Limited Edition of 100 to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Prince Charles being made the Prince of Wales (Aged 9 in 1958) by letters patent although the actual Investiture was not until 1969- In original box
Original price £69

Image showing Stuart's original design drawing
£ 240.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CADDY SPOON 'PRINCE WILLIAM'
London 1982

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

6.4 cm

Second Edition of Caddy Spoon, Limited Edition number 7 of 100,  to commemorate the birth of Prince William in original box with Devlin receipt
The First Limited Edition sold out quickly - Original price £49
£ 240.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CANDLESTICK
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18.5 cm
Weight: 217 g
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CANDLESTICKS
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 26 cm
£ 1,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22 cm
£ 625.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - 3 CHICKS
London 1973

Fully hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

No. 82 of a Limited Edition of 100

With certificate in original box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - '3 FLOWERS'
London 1968

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height 7 cm

In original box with certificate

En Tremblant - one Flower on a spring
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - CLOWN
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In Original Box with Certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - 'ELF & RED FLOWER'
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In original box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - 'FROG with FLOWERS'
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

No. 82 of a Limited Edition of 100

With certificate in original box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - 'LITTLE JACK HORNER'
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

 Nursery Rhyme series - a limited edition of 200 in Original Box with Certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - ONE OFF - 2 FISH in CORAL
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm
A 'One Off' hinged broken silver gilt egg in original box

2 carved hard stone Fish swimming among white Coral 
£ 950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG - 'RED FLOWER
London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In original box with certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG STAND - ROUND
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4.2 cm
Height: 2.6 cm
£ 165.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG STAND - SMALL ROUND
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 3.6 cm
Height: 2.5 cm
£ 150.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG STAND - TRIANGULAR
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 5 cm
Width: 4 cm

£ 195.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Gilt 'ARIES' RAM PAPERWEIGHT
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 4.2 cm

From Stuart's 'Signs of the Zodiac' Series
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver HONEY SPOON - BEE
London 1982

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 15 cm
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver LETTER OPENER
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked
Sterling (925) Silver

Hand forged by Richard Cook

30.5 cm
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver LETTER OPENER - ASPREY
London  1968

Fully Hallmarked Silver 
Sterling (925)

Retailed by Asprey - in original box

Length: 30 cm
Weight: 126g

A fine early example of Stuart's forged Letter Openers. His innovative work was noticed by Asprey fairly early on and they stocked his work for a short time before he was exhibited at Collingwood. I have an Asprey catalogue featuring some of his work, including this design; retailing at £24

£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver LETTER OPENER - SILVER JUBILEE
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)
Silver Jubilee Hallmark

Length: 17.5 cm

Designed by Stuart Devlin and made by the Royal Mint for the De La Rue Company Ltd to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee
£ 250.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver MUSTARD POT
London 1974

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 3.6 cm
Diameter: 4.6 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver PEPPERMILL
London 1970

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 8.8 cm

2 available
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver PEPPERMILL & SALT
London 1970

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925) - (Spoon unmarked)

Height Peppermill: 8.5 cm
Diameter Salt: 5.5 cm

2 pairs available
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & PEPPER
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & PEPPER
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm
Weight: 167 g
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & SPOON
London  1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 4 cm
Height: 3.5 cm

RESERVED
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALVER
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 30 cm
£ 1,450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver WINE COASTERS - CROWN
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)
Silver Jubilee Hallmark

Diameter: 17 cm

(A small old repair executed well)

A Crown design for Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee but also incorporating a Splash
£ 2,500.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver WINE GOBLET
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18.5 cm
£ 650.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver ZODIAC - 'CAPRICORN'
London 1976

Length: 4.5 cm

From Stuart's 'Signs of the Zodiac' Series - The Goat
£ 395.00