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Stuart DEVLIN



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

We are always interested in purchasing work by Stuart Devlin

Scroll down to see selection of items currently in stock 
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'Four Calling Birds' Christmas Box
London 1973

Limited edition of 100 from the 12 Days of Christmas

Height: 7.5cm

Box and certificate

£ 950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver "Five Gold Rings" Box
London 1975

The Twelve Days of Christmas Series

Limited edition of 100

Length: 11.5cm

Box + certificate


£ 795.00
STUART DEVLIN 12 Place Silver Canteen
London 1973

12 Place Silver Canteen - 'Tetrahedron' Pattern

Length knife: 25.8 cm

Richard Cook made these for Stuart and he thinks there were only 7 services of this pattern made - none gilded.. One  illustrated in Ian Pickford's 'Silver Flatware' page 167 with crested ends


£ 15,000.00
STUART DEVLIN 12 Silver Dessert Cups
London 1973

Height & Diameter: 11cm

Original boxes and certificates

Part of the Limited Edition sets made in silver for Viners of Sheffield to launch their stainless steel range.

Only 100 sets of 6 were made in silver

£3500

Reserved


STUART DEVLIN '3 Monkeys' Paperweight
London 1973

'Hear No Evil - See No Evil - Speak No Evil'

Height: 3 cm

£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN 4 Silver Wine Goblets

London 1971

Height: 18 cm
£ 1,650.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver 'Caryatic' Goblets
London 1973

Height: 20.5 cm
Weight: 53.5 oz


£ 4,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver Goblets
London 1969
Height: 18.5 cm

Identical to the next set of 6 - same date and height - but these have plain polished bowls. Together would still make a good set of 12.  
£ 3,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver Goblets
London 1969
Height: 18.5 cm
£ 3,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 8 Silver Champagne Flutes

London 1972

Height: 19.8 cm


£ 3,750.00
Stuart Devlin Book
By Guy Manners

40 pages
Hardback


£ 45.00
STUART DEVLIN BOOK
Goldsmiths' Company Exhibition Catalogue 1983 

'25 Years of Stuart Devlin in London'

Hardback

£ 50.00
STUART DEVLIN 'CHAMPAGNE' Pattern 6 Place Cutlery Set
London 1972-5

51 oz + silver handled knives

42 Pieces
6 x - Soup Spoons, Dessert Spoons, Tea Spoons
6 x -  Dessert Forks, Table Forks
6 x - Table Knives, Dessert Knives

£ 8,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 'CHAMPAGNE' Pattern 8 Place Cutlery Set
London 1976

'CHAMPAGNE' Pattern

Hand Forged by Richard Cook

61 Pieces in original cutlery rolls

8x - Soup Spoons, Dessert Spoons, Tea Spoons
8x -  Dessert Forks, Table Forks
8x - Table Knives, Dessert Knives
4x - Table Spoons
Soup Ladle

93 oz + knives

Length Table Knife 26 cm

£ 16,500.00
STUART DEVLIN Large Silver Goblet
London 1973
Height: 18.5 cm
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Large Silver Sauce Boat
London 1969
Width: 27 cm
Height: 10 cm
Weight: 25 oz
£ 2,850.00
STUART DEVLIN Large Silver Tray
London 1982

Length:57cm
Width:32cm




£ 3,500.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver Candlesticks
London 1972
Made for Viners
Limited edition of 100 pairs to launch the same design mass produced in stainless steel
Height: 15cm
£ 850.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver Candlesticks
London 1975

Height: 26 cm

£ 2,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver Candlesticks
London 1973
Height: 36cm


£ 3,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver Salt & Pepper
London 1971
Height: 7cm

Two Pairs available
£ 595.00
STUART DEVLIN Pierced Silver Tazza
London 1985
Height: 10 cm
Diameter: 16 cm
£ 895.00
STUART DEVLIN Set of 6 Silver Beakers
London 1987
Height: 11.5 cm
Diameter: 6 cm
£ 3,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver & Amethyst Rose Bowl
London 1976

Diameter: 16 cm
Height: 11 cm

Holds 6 tapersticks



£ 995.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 3 Piece Cruet
London 1975

Height: 7 cm

Original spoon


£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver and Amethyst Box
London 1980

Diameter: 5cm




£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver and Enamel Flower Box
London 1981

Diameter: 5 cm
Height: 5cm


£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' Egg
London 1980

Limited edition of 200  - Nursery Rhyme Series

Devlin Silver Egg Stand available separately £120
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Beaker
London 1973

Height: 11 cm

Diameter top: 6 cm

£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Caddy Spoon
London 1982
7 cm

Limited edition commemorating the birth of Prince William

This first edition was quickly sold out so Stuart designed and made a second limited edition example
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Caddy Spoon
London 1986
6.7 cm

Limited edition commemorating the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Caddy Spoon
To Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales (Aged 9 in 1958)
London 1983
Length: 6.5cm


£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Caddy Spoon
London 1983
6.4 cm
Second Edition of Caddy Spoon to commemorate the birth of Prince William.
The First Limited Edition sold out

(Original price £49)



£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Cat
London 1982
Length: 5.5cm


£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Champagne Flute
London 1990

Height: 19.5 cm

£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Champagne Flute
London 1987

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 Silver Charger
London 1984

Diameter: 33cm


£ 1,850.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Charles & Diana Orb
London 1981
Diameter: 6.5 cm

Limited edition to commemorate the Royal Wedding Engraved: No. 2

In original box
£ 595.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Charles & Diana Wedding Commemorative Egg
London 1981

Devlin Silver Egg Stand available separately £120


£ 250.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Charles and Diana Bell
London 1981
Limited Edition  No.7
21.3 cm
£ 795.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Chimpanzee Paperweight
Silver Gilt
Chimpanzee eating a watermelon
Stuart Devlinondon 1972
Width: 4.5 cm
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Clown & Dog Egg
London 1980

Devlin Silver Egg stand available separately £120

£ 550.00
Stuart Devlin Silver Coaster
London 1979

Diameter: 14 cm
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Cockatoo Paperweight
Silver Gilt
London 1987
5.7 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Cruet Set
Silver Cruet Set
London 1975
Height: 7cm
Two sets available
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Dachshund Honey Spoon
London 1976
13.5 cm

Tail acts as a 'hook' onto pot
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Dessert Cup
London 1973

Height & Diameter 11cm

Original box and certificate

Part of the Limited Edition sets made in silver for Viners of Sheffield to launch their stainless steel range. Only 100 sets of 6 were made in silver

£ 295.00
Stuart Devlin Silver Dish
London 1972

Diameter: 9cm

More than one available
£ 275.00