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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 'KANGAROO & JOEY' EGG
London 1974

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm

Baby kangaroo is on a spring in the pouch and moves - In original box with certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver MUSTARD POT
London 1974

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 3.6 cm
Diameter: 4.6 cm

Original spoon and blue glass liner - 2 available
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'JACK & JILL RAN UP THE HILL' EGG
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Limited edition of 200 - Nursery Rhyme Series in original box


£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN 4 Silver WINE GOBLETS
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18 cm
£ 1,495.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver CHAMPAGNE COUPES
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 14.5 cm
Diameter top: 10 cm
Weight: 41 oz

Hammered bowls and gilt flowers to stems
£ 2,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1978/81

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22.5 cm

In original boxes
£ 2,950.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver CHAMPAGNE/WINE  GOBLETS
London 1969

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18.5 cm

Identical to the next set of 6 - same date and height - but these have plain polished bowls 

Together would make a good set of 12 - see other image - £6750
£ 3,500.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver CHAMPAGNE/WINE GOBLETS
London 1969

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18.5 cm

Identical to the previous set of 6 - same date and height - but these have hammered bowls 

Together would make a good set of 12 - see other image - £6750
£ 3,500.00
STUART DEVLIN 6 Silver 'SILVER JUBILEE' TEASPOONS
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 12 cm

Boxed set of 6 designed and made to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee with silver gilt crown finial- Hot forged by Richard Cook
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN 8 Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 19.8 cm
£ 3,750.00
STUART DEVLIN 8 Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1978-81

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22.5 cm
£ 3,850.00
STUART DEVLIN 'GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN' Silver CHRISTMAS BOX
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm

Original Box and Certificate - Limited Edition of 500
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Large Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
London 1968

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 20.4 cm

4 available
£ 750.00
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 CANDLESTICKS
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 15 cm

Designed by Stuart Devlin for Viners as a Limited edition of 100 pairs to launch the same design mass produced in stainless steel
Original boxes with signed certificates - A double sconce designed to take a candle or small church candle (Certificates for 1 & 2 of set 8 - Candlesticks engraved to base 1/8 & 2/5)
£ 795.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver CANDLESTICKS
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 25 cm
£ 2,400.00
STUART DEVLIN Pair Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1975- 79

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22 cm

More available - please enquire with number wanted
£ 975.00
STUART DEVLIN Set of 12 Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
London 1977-81

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22.5 cm
Diameter: 6.5 cm

More available
£ 5,750.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 3 Piece CRUET
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm

£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 3 PIECE CRUET
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm
£ 550.00
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
£ 8,950.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver and Enamel FLOWER BOX
London 1981

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 5 cm
Height: 5 cm
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BEAKER
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 11 cm
Diameter top: 6 cm
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver BOWL
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver

Diameter: 13.5 cm
Height: 5 cm

Limited edition of 100 in silver made for the launch of the stainless steel range designed for Viner's of Sheffield
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTE
London 1975/9

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 22 cm

More available - please enquire with number wanted
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CHIMPANZEE PAPERWEIGHT
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 4.5 cm

Chimpanzee eating a watermelon
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CHRISTMAS PUDDING
London 1986

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 10 cm

Limited Edition No. 7
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver CLOWN & DOG EGG
London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In original box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver DOUBLE BLADED LETTER OPENER
London 1976

Hand wrought by Richard Cook - In original box

Fully Hallmarked
Sterling (925) Silver

Length: 23 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver DRESSING TABLE MIRROR
London 1985

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 24 cm

In original box
£ 575.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver EGG STANDS
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Various sizes and dates in stock - from £120 each - Contact us for availability and more details 
STUART DEVLIN Silver ELF & RED FLOWER EGG
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In original box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'FILIGREE TWIST' LETTER OPENER
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Hand wrought by Richard Cook

Length: 31.5 cm
£ 550.00
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 'GILT FLOWER' BOX
London 1981

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 5 cm
Height: 2 cm

(Original retail price £155)
£ 295.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'GILT FLOWER' DISH
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 14 cm
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Gilt Large 3 PIECE CRUET
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height Peppermill: 14 cm

2 Sets available
£ 2,750.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver Gilt 'PISCES' FISH PAPERWEIGHT
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Width: 5 cm

From Stuart's 'Signs of the Zodiac' series
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver GOLDSMITHS' COMPANY DISH
London 1996

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 12.5 cm
Height: 3 cm

A late piece by Stuart, designed when he was Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and made as gifts for Liverymen. 
Dish made by NICHOLAS PLUMMER with Leopard's Head carved by LEXI DICK - Original box and booklet
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE' EGG
London 1986

Fully Hallmarked Silver

Height: 7 cm

'..... and the Dish ran away with the Spoon.'

Limited edition No. 51 of 200 - From the Nursery Rhyme Series in Original Box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'HICKORY DICKORY DOCK' EGG
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Limited edition of 200 - Nursery Rhyme Series in Original Box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver HIPPO PAPERWEIGHT
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 5 cm
Height: 4 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'HOLLY & IVY' CHRISTMAS BOX
London 1975

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 6.5 cm

Limited edition of 500 in Original Box 
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver HUMPTY DUMPTY EGG
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 7.5 cm

Limited edition of 200 - Nursery Rhyme Series in Original Box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver JACK in the BOX EGG
London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Limited Edition of 200 - Nursery Rhyme Series in Original Box with Certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver JOKER EGG
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

In Original Box with Certificate
£ 550.00
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 LITTLE JACK HORNER EGG
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling 9(25)

 Nursery Rhyme series - a limited edition of 200 in Original Box with Certificate
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver 'OLD MOTHER HUBBARD EGG
London 1983

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm

Limited edition of 200 - Nursery Rhyme Series in Original Box
£ 550.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver PHOTOGRAPH FRAME
London 1986

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter 11.5 cm
£ 395.00