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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 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 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 HIPPO PAPERWEIGHT
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 5 cm
Height: 4 cm
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver HONEY SPOON - SEAHORSE
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 13.5 cm

Tail acts as a hook
£ 295.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver LETTER OPENER
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)
Queen's Silver Jubilee Hallmark

Length: 23 cm

£ 375.00
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 - 'FILIGREE TWIST'
London 1979

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Hand wrought by Richard Cook

Length: 31 cm
£ 595.00
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 PEPPERMILL & SALT
London 1970

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

Height Peppermill: 8.5 cm
Diameter Salt: 5.5 cm

4 pairs available
£ 695.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver PRINCE WILLIAM PORRINGER
London 1982

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 7.5 cm
Height: 6 cm

Limited Edition of 750 to Commemorate the Christening of Prince William in Original Box with Certificate
£ 275.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & PEPPER
London 1971

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 7 cm

2 Pairs available
£ 395.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & PEPPER
London 1976

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 8.5 cm
£ 450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALT & PEPPER - Large
London 1981

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 9 cm
£ 495.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SALVER
London 1972

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 30 cm
£ 1,450.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SAUCE BOAT on STAND
London 1977

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter : 10 cm (sauce boat)
Height: 7 cm (top of  handle)
£ 795.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver SAUCE LADLE
London 1978

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 17.5 cm
£ 350.00
STUART DEVLIN Silver WINE GOBLET
London 1973

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 18.5 cm
£ 650.00
X From the Diamonds of Argyle to the Champagne Jewels of STUART DEVLIN
Goldsmiths Company Exhibition 2-6 November 1987

Hardback - 62 Pages  -  Well illustrated 

This copy signed by Stuart Devlin
£ 30.00
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
x STUART DEVLIN BOOK
By Guy Manners

Well illustrated - 40 pages - Hardback
£ 45.00
x STUART DEVLIN BOOK
Goldsmiths' Company Exhibition Catalogue 1983 

'25 Years of Stuart Devlin in London'

Hardback
£ 50.00