Stuart Devlin Designer Goldsmith Silversmith

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Edited by Carole Devlin and Victoria Kate Simkin; Foreword by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

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9781851498949
Hardback with silver and silver-gilt bookmark
ACC Art Books
Territory: World
Size: 305 mm x 245 mm
Pages: 528
Illustrations: 808 colour, 256 b&w

RRP £950.00

The hardcover of this book is embossed with gold filigree and Stuart Devlin's Royal Warrant. It was printed in Belgium. Special edition - 25 copies only.
Exclusive to the Special Edition:

  • A numbered silver and silver-gilt bookmark, with a red tassel, comes with each volume. It is Stuart Devlin's last design. If available a purchaser may request a specific number.
  • The page edges are red. The ink has been hand applied.
  • There is a numbered certificate with each volume.
  • The bespoke case was made in England by Stuart Devlin's casemaker. The book can be opened within the case.

"Stuart Devlin was probably the most original and creative goldsmith and silversmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time. His originality of design marked him out as a master craftsman and his prolific output was a tribute to the width of his imagination." - Foreword by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

This book gives an idea of Stuart Devlin's extraordinary creativity, his skill, and the beauty of his work. It comprises over 500 pages with hundreds of images of Devlin's gold, silver and coins as well as his jewellery, sculpture and furniture. Many collectors will recognise pieces that they originally commissioned or have bought. Also shown are numerous sketches and working drawings. The short sections of text include concise captions and reviews from primary sources. Although it has been impossible to encompass everything ever designed or produced by Devlin, the book highlights how remarkable it is that this wealth of ideas was conceived by just one man.

Stuart Devlin was a pioneer goldsmith who rejected the anonymity of corporate design during the 1960s. He adapted old techniques and devised many new ones. His commissions included those for the Royal Households, cathedrals, the armed forces, sporting bodies and universities, as well as abundant private commissions. He was also a coin and medal designer. Australian born, recognition came to Devlin after designing the Australian decimal coinage in 1963. He went on to design coins for more than 30 countries.

Stuart Devlin was awarded a C.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) for his contribution to the art of design, and was an Officer of the Order of Australia. He held a Royal Warrant of Appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweller to Her Majesty The Queen. He was Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths from 1996 to 1997.

After a major stroke in 2011, his wife Carole and sister-in-law Victoria Kate Simkin started to assemble his archive. It became the basis for this book, which has been compiled and edited by the two sisters, working with the book designer Andrew Milne. Stuart Devlin was involved with its presentation at every stage.