GERALD BENNEY: A silver electroformed square box London 1969
Lot 102
GERALD BENNEY: A silver electroformed square box
London 1969
Sold for £1,750 (US$ 2,859) inc. premium

Lot Details
GERALD BENNEY: A silver electroformed square box London 1969
GERALD BENNEY: A silver electroformed square box
London 1969
The hinged cover with a geometric pattern formed by graduating squares, with polished flat surface and textured angular recesses, with vertical textured sides, stained leather lined interior, 10.5cm square, height 4.7cm.

Footnotes

  • THE GERALD AND JANET BENNEY COLLECTION OF SILVER

    The collection represents over 60 years of silversmithing and design by the Benney Family.
    Included are some of Gerald's very earliest works whilst he trained at the Brighton College of Art (1946 – 1948), his early work sometimes had pre-war Art Deco influences and resembled that of Eric Gill, he was also influenced by Scandinavian design with its plain and simple lines.
    Gerald's father Ernest Sallis Benney was principal of Brighton College of Art. Gerald's mother Aileen was also a good silversmith and made teapots, coffee pots, bowls and cutlery, some at the family home and also at the art school, her work was well made and strong in design. A mug signed by Aileen is in this collection.

    Gerald passed the Royal College of Art entrance exam in 1950. Among many of his designer friends was John Donald who was to introduce Gerald to Janet in about 1955. Gerald Benney and Janet Edwards married at Sherborne St. John near Basingstoke in 1957 and John Donald was his best man. At that time Janet was a journalist, but soon after their marriage she became an integral part of the Benney business.

    Also as part of the collection are functional domestic designs using Benneys iconic bark-effect surface pattern that was used in the family home.

    Sadly Gerald died in 2008 and Janet earlier this year.
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