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A GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE SURPRISE EGG, STUART DEVLIN, LONDON, 1977 the cloudy translucent and brown banded agate body with gold hinged mounts of 'flames' licking the rims, opening to reveal a large oval cut amethyst claw-set within a bed of small pearl centred gold flowers, 18 carat gold hallmarks, with a Stuart Devlin silver-gilt 'filigree' stand of 1975 7cm long (2) Literature: Carole Devlin and Victoria Simkin (Editors), 'Stuart Devlin, Designer Goldsmith and Silversmith', Woodbridge, 2018, p.328. The start of the chapter illustrating this egg (p.304, ibid), titled 'Jewelled Surprise Eggs, Clocks, Objets d'Art', quotes Kenneth Snowman's catalogue introduction to the Devlin exhibition at Collingwood's in 1972: |Paying a visit to Stuart Devlin in his Clerkenwell enfilade of workshops, one immediately senses that here is no amateur performing the latest fashionable tricks for a limited coterie of sycophants, but a serious silversmith who is single-mindedly devoting himself to the designing and creation of ...

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