Wednesday 7 February, 2018
Stuart Devlin: Designer Goldsmith Silversmith
In this new publication of over 500 pages, hundreds of images of Devlin’s gold, silver and coins as well as his jewellery, sculpture and furniture are displayed.
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 include those for the Royal Households, cathedrals, the armed forces, sport and universities, as well as abundant private commissions. He is also a coin and medal designer. Australian born, recognition came to Devlin after designing the Australian decimal coinage in 1963. He has since designed coins for more than 30 countries.
Also shown are numerous sketches and working drawings and many collectors will recognise pieces that they originally commissioned or have bought. 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.
The book includes a foreward from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh:
“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. I consider myself fortunate to own a number of his works”
Stuart Devlin and the Goldsmiths' Company
Stuart Devlin was Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, 1996-1997.
He was also integral to the foundation of the Goldsmiths' Centre in Clerkenwell which opened in 2012: the concept had been devised by Stuart in 2005 to address the shortcomings in the creative education and training of goldsmiths.