Watches belonging to one of the most renowned gold and silversmiths are due to go under the hammer at Fellows in Birmingham. Stuart Devlin (October 9, 1931- April 12, 2018) held a royal warrant to supply gold and jewels to the Queen and is seen as one of the most innovative and highly regarded jewellery and silver designers of the 20th century. Stuart Devlin was described by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as: “Probably the most original and creative goldsmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time.”
A stunning diamond watch by Jaeger LeCoultre and a gentleman’s 18ct white gold watch by Ebel are up for auction from Devlin’s estate. Known for his taste and appreciation for good design, Devlin was given the watches by the brands who wanted him to promote their items. Entered to sale by the Devlin family, these watches could not have better provenance and history. The Jaeger LeCoultre, featuring in Fellows’ January Antique & Modern Jewellery sale, was a personal favourite of Devlin’s which he wore regularly as a dress watch. The white gold Ebel watch will be included in the January Watch Sale.
Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “We are delighted to be able to begin the New Year on a high with watches that belonged to such a famous jewellery designer and silversmith. Devlin’s work is incredibly influential and a part of our country’s design history. The watches from his estate are very appealing, both in terms of their provenance and style. It is amazing to think that these watches were worn by one of this country’s greatest designers on a regular basis. I’m sure their history will mean that they gain a lot of interest. Whoever buys these pieces is acquiring a piece of history.”
Both sales can be viewed via our website.