GERALD BENNEY : A silver and enamelled oblong box, London 1973, stamped GERALD BENNEY LONDON,

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Lot 351
GERALD BENNEY : A silver and enamelled oblong box,
London 1973, stamped GERALD BENNEY LONDON,

Sold for £ 1,560 (US$ 2,176) inc. premium
GERALD BENNEY : A silver and enamelled oblong box,
London 1973, stamped GERALD BENNEY LONDON,
the hinged cover with green translucent enamelled panel within a white enamelled border, the sides and base with bark effect textured decoration, with green leather interior, length 9.9cm.

Footnotes

  • See inside back cover detail.

    Gerald Benney decided that his home at Beenham House in Berkshire was the place to develop the use of enamels. Starting in 1968 he revived the art of enamelling, enhancing the depth and texture of the silver, which has earned him the reputation as one of the world’s foremost modern enamellers.

    Gerald Benney was born in Hull, Yorkshire in 1930. He trained at Brighton Art College 1946 - 1948 as a silversmith under Dunstan Pruden. After military service he then went to the Royal College of Art 1950 - 1953 under Professor Robert Goodden. In 1953 he opened his first workshop at Suffolk House Whitfield Place off the Tottenham Court Road in London. It was here that the distinctive surface texturing of silver was discovered. In 1963 he moved to Beenham House in Reading, which was his home and workshop. In 1969 he moved his London studio to Falcon Wharf, Bankside and by 1973 was at warehouses in Bear Lane, Southwark. He was Professor of Silversmithing and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art from 1974 to 1983.
    In 1993, together with his son Simon, he opened a shop in London.
    Benney has received many commissions from the Royal Family and has royal warrants from HM The Queen, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
GERALD BENNEY : A silver and enamelled oblong box, London 1973, stamped GERALD BENNEY LONDON,
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