• Short Summary

    In the years that Stuart Davilin has been working in the United Kingdom he has established for himself an unrivalled position as "arguably the greatest living silversmith", (Investors' Chronicle).

  • Description

    1931.
    Born at Geelong, Victoria, australia.


    1945 - 1947.
    Art training at the Gordon Institute of Technology, Australia.


    1948-1949.
    Silversmith designer-craftsman at T. Gaunt & Co., Melbourne.


    1950 - 1958.
    Art teacher with the Victorian Education Department.


    1958 - 1960.
    Study at the Royal College of Art, London.


    1960 - 1962.
    Study at Columbia University, New York.


    1962 - 1963.
    Lecturer at Prahran Technical School, Melbourne.


    1964 - 1966.
    Inspector of Art in Technical Schools, Victorian Education Department.


    1965.
    Established Silversmithing, Goldsmithing, and Industrial Design business in London.


    1944.
    Intermediate Technical Scholarship.


    1945.
    Senior Technical Scholarship.


    1957.
    Diploma of Art (Gold and Silversmithing), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


    1957.
    Victorian Education Department Travelling Scholarship.


    1957.
    English Speaking Union Travelling Scholarship.


    1958.
    British Council Study Grant.


    1959.
    Aluminium Development Association - street lighting column competition.


    1960.
    Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths to design a large centrepiece in silver to commemorate the Tercentenary of the Royal Society.


    1960.
    Commissioned by the Royal College of Art to design a presentation to the Federation of British Industries.


    1960.
    The Diploma Des. R.C.A. from the School of Silversmithing and also the Des. R.C.A. from the School of Industrial Design (Engineering).


    1960.
    The Thesis Prize of the Royal College of Art.


    1960.
    A Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York.


    1963 - 1964.
    Designed the New Australian Decimal Coinage.


    1963.
    Designed the Essington Lewis Award for the Australian Council of Industrial Design.


    1964.
    Designed the Australian Jockey Club Derby Gold Cup for the Goldsmiths' Company and presented by Princess Marina.


    1965.
    Commissioned to make the Melbourne University Mace.


    1965.
    Commissioned to make the University of the Pacific Mace, Stockton, California, U.S.A.


    1966.
    Commissioned to make the Bath University Mace.


    1966.
    Designed and make the civic regalia for the London Borough of Brent: including Mayoral Chain and Badge in 18ct. gold, Mayoress Chain and Badge in 18ct. gold, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress's Badges.


    1967.
    Designed and made the Vice Chancellor's Cup for the University of Nottingham.


    1966.
    Carved the portraits for the "Six Famous prime Ministers" series of gold medallions.


    1967 - 1968.
    Designed and made the ceremonial silver for the City University of London: including two Steeple Cups presented by the Skinners Company and four Rose Bowls presented by the family of the first principal of the Northampton Polytechnic.


    1967.
    Commissioned by the Duke of Westminster to design and make the Chichester Award for the Royal Yacht Squadron.


    1967.
    Designed the new Singapore Coinage.


    1968.
    Commissioned to design and make the ceremonial baton for presentation to Leonard Bernstein.


    1968 - 1969.
    Commissioned to make the Mace for La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.



    A pair of steeple cups commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Skinners for presentation to the City University.



    Centrepiece for Guinness Mahon Merchant Bank.



    Commissioned to make centrepiece presented by the Exchange Telegraph to make centrepiece presented by the Exchange Telegraph to the Press Association.



    Set of 25 wine goblets presented to the City of Coventry by Lord Iliffe.



    Commissioned to design new common seal for the Greater London Council.



    Charger presented by the Earl of Inchcape to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.



    Designed the Captain Cook Commemorative 50 coin for the Australian Government.



    Designed the Singapore 150 gold coin.



    Commissioned to make a Freedom Casket presented by the City of Coventry to Lord Iliffe.



    Commissioned to make Stock Exchange Athletic Trophy.



    Commissioned to make salver presented to the Institute of Chartered Accountants by Singleton Fabian and Co.



    Howard Robins Special Award (small Tennis Trophies).



    Commissioned to make presentation ashtrays for the City University.


    1969 - 1970.
    Commissioned to make commemorative centrepiece for John Sainsbury & Co. Ltd.


    1970 - 1971.
    Commissioned to make a large and small alms dish for Canterbury Cathedral.



    Commissioned to make a large altar cross and candlesticks for canterbury Cathedral.



    Commissioned to make presentation centrepiece for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


    1971.
    Designed new coinage for the Cayman Islands.



    Commissioned to make Astor Awards for the Commonwealth Press Union.



    Commissioned to make a set of ceremonial staves for the City University.



    Designed set of five gold medallions of the Tudor Monarchs.



    designed series of 50 medallions depicting the History of the English-Speaking Peoples.



    Designed and made centrepiece presented by Members of the Institute of Freight Forwarders Ltd. to H.M. Customs and Excise to mark their Tercentenary.


    1972.
    Commissioned by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, to design and make three trophies for motor cycling in Australia.



    Designed and produced master patterns for Royal Silver Wedding Anniversary coinage for the following countries: Cayman Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar.



    Commissioned by H.R.H. Prince of Wales to design and make his gift to the Queen and Prince Philip on the occasion of their Silver Wedding Anniversary.



    Designed and made Surprise Sphere to commemorate Royal Silver Wedding anniversary.



    Designed and made cutlery used by M. Pompidou to entertain H.M. The Queen on her State Visit to Paris.



    Designed range of stainless steel giftware for Viners of Sheffield.


    1973.
    Commissioned by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, to design and make trophy for World Driving Championships.



    Commissioned by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, to design and make trophy for Three-Day Eventing in Australia.



    Designed and produced master patterns for series of 50 ingots depicting 1,000 years of British Monarchy.



    Designed and made Financial Times Industrial Architecture Award.



    Designed and made Stockpiler Trophy for Williams and Glyn's Bank.


    1959-1966.
    Design for silver exhibited by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith throughout Europe and America.


    1961.
    Sculpture shown with painting of Hans Hartung at the Thibaut Gallery, New York, U.S.A.


    1962.
    One man show of Sculpture at the Thibaut Gallery, New York, U.S.A.


    1962.
    Group show at Argus Gallery, New Jersey, U.S.A


    1965.
    One-man show of Sculpture at the Terry Clune Gallery, Sydney, Australia.


    1966.
    Group show at Leicester Galleries, London.


    1966 - 1967.
    Exhibition of Silver at Cartier, New York, U.S.A.


    1968 - May.
    A further exhibition of silver at caterier, New York, U.S.A.


    1968 - June.
    Exhibition at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1969 - June.
    Exhibition at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1970 - June.
    Exhibition at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1970 - Sept.
    Exhibiton of silver at Georges Ltd., Melbourne, Australia.


    1970 - October.
    Exhibition of silver at David Jones, Sydney Australia.


    1971 - June.
    Exhibition at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1971 - October.
    Exhibiton of silver and gold at cartier, New York, U.S.A.


    1971 - Nov.
    First exhibition of jewellery at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1972 - June.
    Exhibition at Collingwood of Conduit Street, London, WI.


    1972 - Nov.
    Exhibition at Boodle & Dunthrone, Liverpool.


    1972 - Nov.
    Opening of own Showroom, 90/92 St. John Street, London, EC1.


    1973 - June.
    Exhibition at 90/92 St. John Street, London, EC1.


    1973 - Oct.
    Exhibiton of silver at Georges Ltd., Melbourne, Australia.


    1973 - Oct.
    Exhibition of silver at David Jones, Sydney, Australia.


    1974 - May.
    Exhibition at Boodle & Dunthorne, Liverpool.


    1974 - June.
    Exhibition at 90/92 St. John Street, London, EC1.


    1973.
    Designed and made silver to commemorate the Opening of the Sydney Opera House.


    1974.
    Designed and made the Formica Challenge Trophy.



    Designed and made the Capitalizer Trophy for Royal Bank of Scotland.



    Designed and made Cutlery and Table Silver for Williams and Glyn's Bank.



    Designed Horse of the Year Trophy.


    1975.
    Designed and made 9ct gold Grand National Steeple Chase 1975 Cup.



    Commissioned to design the regalia for the Order of Australia and a set of Bravery Awards.


    1.
    ROSEWOOD LOVE SEAT


    2.
    SKY SCRAPER TABLE.


    3.
    GROUNDVIEW TABLE


    4.
    FICRITOIRE(BURKAJ) WITH CUBES OPENING


    5.
    FSOCRE TO 1 RE WITH FLAPS DOWN


    6.
    TRIANGULAR GLASS TABLES WITH SEA POOL EFFECTS


    7.
    TREASURE CHEST WITH SPIRAL SHELF EFFECT


    8.
    'SUN MIRROR ON STAND


    9.
    STB SILVER AND SILVER BUILT SPHERE WITH GRAND NATIONAL MOTIVE


    10.
    STB SILVER AND SILVER ??? AND BABY SURPRISE.


    11.
    STB SILVER AND SILVER BUILT CREME PIECE AND SURROUNDS WITH ???


    12.
    SILVER AND SILVER BUILTS ??? ??? TWIST PAPER KNIFE WHICH IS HAND FORGED.


    13.
    GV OF OTHER WORKS INCLUDING DOMESTIC TABLE WARE.


    14.
    LARGE PUNCH LADLE STB SILVER & SILVER GLT ??? HANDLE...MADE FROM A SINGLE) IN OF SOLD SILVER: HAND FORGED


    15.
    STREET VIEW


    16.
    "90 ST COIN 8 ECI"


    17.
    REPUTE OF POOR (80 MD) ???


    18.
    WORKSHOP ??? (SOUND) WITH MR DEVLIN WALKING ALONGSIDE WORKBENCH TOWARDS CARTIER AND EXAMINE WORK


    19.
    CRAFTSMEN WORKING ON SALT & PEPPER COMPANIES


    20.
    CRAFTSMEN WORKING ON POROINGER BOUCS


    21.
    CRAFTSMAN WORKING ON ???


    22.
    CRAFTSMAN WITH GAS ??? WORKING ON D


    23.
    START M DRAWING BOARD TALKING ???




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    Background: In the years that Stuart Davilin has been working in the United Kingdom he has established for himself an unrivalled position as "arguably the greatest living silversmith", (Investors' Chronicle). In 1966 he was made a Freeman of the worshipful Company of Goldsmiths who acclaim him as "the designer with the Midas touch" and in 1972 they honoured him by electing him a liveryman.

    Stuart Davlin's success has been achieved by his extraordinary capacity for hard work allied to a truly remarkable talent. Like the great silversmiths of the past, whose mantle he is now assuming, his talent genuinely owes nothing to a specific school of thinking, but constantly evolves new and completely different ideas in both design and craftsmanship.

    Born in Geelong, Australia, Stuart Devlin knew at the age of 14 that he wanted to be a designer. He won his first scholarship to the Gordon Institute of Technology at the age of 13. Later he studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology when he won an Art Diploma with the highest marks ever awarded, after only one year of study, instead of the usual three.

    This charming Australian has been winning scholarships, diplomas and prizes ever since.

    In 1958 Stuart Devlin was awarded three scholarships which took him to the Royal College of Art in London where he studied light Engineering Design and gold and silversmithing. He left the R.C.A. as the only student ever to obtain honours diplomas in both subjects. He also won the Thesis Prize for that year.

    Two years later - on yet another travel award - The Harkness Fellowship - he went to America where he was provided with his own studio at Columbia University which he made his headquarters. For two years he studied and lectured at many universities in the U.S.A.

    As an almost inevitable progression of his work to date, Devlin decided, in 1971, to design jewellery. Typically, he did not approach the subject without taking a whole new look at his rather overcrowded field. The result was surprising.

    His jewellery has an abstract quality, he uses stones of complicated cut, and he surrounds them with what appears to be filigree: on close inspection one can see that the filigree is comprised of tiny human figures supporting the stones. Thus, reminiscent of Ancient Greece, he calls his jewellery 'Caryatic'. His jewellery, like all of Devlin's work, is surprising, fascinating and intrigues in its sense of elegance and humour.

    In december 1975, Stuart Devlin sprang a surprise of a new kind when he showed his first Collection of carved and gilt rosewood furniture. This was the culmination of several years of thought after he realised that there was virtually no alternative to buying antiques if one was to acquire furniture which was more than just a functional item in the home or office.

    Devlin's primary aim has always been to enrich the way we live. Therefore, on reflection it is not so surprising that he has turned some of his attention to proving that nee furniture can again add richness to our experience.

    A large number of patrons who have acquired Devlin's work in silver and gold see it not only as an enrichment to their lives, but also as an investment - almost certainly his furniture will come to be viewed in the same light.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTZD7HZ5UAM9P91R646WSAA2X
    Media URN:
    VLVACTZD7HZ5UAM9P91R646WSAA2X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
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    Issue Date:
    01/01/1975
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    Unknown
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    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:10:45:00
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