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Pair of Elizabeth II Antique Silver & Silver Gilt Goblets made in 1973


A pair of rare silver and silver gilt goblets which have a gilded stem, foot and interior (the outside of the bowls are ungilded silver).

Date 1973
Made By Stuart Devlin
Location London
Stock Number W187x35

Out of stock

Maker: Stuart Devlin

A pair of rare silver and silver gilt goblets which have a gilded stem, foot and interior (the outside of the bowls are ungilded silver).

They are part of a limited edition and are numbered to the underneath 33 and 34.

The goblets were made in 1973 in London by Stuart Devlin commemorating the opening of the Sydney Opera House.

The scenes to the foot represent the Sydney Opera House under construction, its finished state and Fort Macquarie.

They are in excellent condition.

Dimensions: height 15.1 cm, diameter (of bowl) 9.85 cm; weight 13.6 troy oz.

Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin AO CMG (9th October 1931 – 12th April 2018).

He was an Australian artist and metalworker who specialised in gold and silver. He became especially well known as a London-based designer of collectors’ items in the 1970s and 1980s.

Devlin was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and became an art teacher, specialising in gold and silversmithing. In 1957, he obtained a post at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and studied for a Diploma of Art in gold and silversmithing. He was awarded scholarships to study at the Royal College of Art in London in 1958 and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship by the Commonwealth Fund. He spent the two-year fellowship at Columbia University in New York City.

He returned to teach in Melbourne and subsequently became an inspector of art schools. He rose to fame when, 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 own style, which often took the form of limited editions, the most popular being Easter eggs and Christmas boxes, now collectors’ items. He adapted and devised new techniques to produce a wide variety of textures and filigree forms, and became well known in London’s West End, producing a new collection each year. He had a prestigious showroom in Conduit Street from 1979 until 1985.

He has designed furniture, interiors, jewellery, and commissioned pieces of all types, including trophies, clocks, centrepieces, goblets, candelabra, bowls, and insignia. Among his most popular commissions, Devlin has designed coins and medals for 36 countries throughout the world, including precious coins for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the medals for the founding awards of the Australian honours system in 1975: The Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Decorations and the National Medal.

Devlin was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1980 Birthday Honours for service to the art of design, and an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1988 Australia Day Honours in recognition of service to the craftsmanship as a goldsmith, silversmith, and designer.

In 1982, Devlin was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen. He was Prime Warden of the Goldsmith’s Company 1996-97. After he stepped down from that role, he continued to work with the Goldsmiths, and particularly involved in the developing of a new institute for future Goldsmiths, and with various other aspects which involve opportunities for up-and-coming jewellers and goldsmiths, including a summer school and “getting started” course.

Having closed his London workshop, Devlin retired to Littlehampton, West Sussex. He ceased drawing after he suffered a stroke in 2014.

Devlin died on 12th April 2018 at the age of 86.

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

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