Watches from the Queen's goldsmith up for auction
January 14, 2019: It’s great news for watch connoisseurs as watches belonging to one of the most renowned gold and silversmiths are due to go under the hammer at Fellows in Birmingham on January 29.
Stuart Devlin (October 9, 1931- April 12, 2018) held a royal warrant to supply gold and jewels to the Queen of England and is seen as one of the most innovative and highly regarded jewellery and silver designers of the 20th century. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has described him as “Probably the most original and creative goldsmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time.”
In the auction, a stunning diamond watch by Jaeger LeCoultre (his personal favorite)(£2,000 - £2,500) and a gentleman’s 18ct white gold watch by Ebel (£1,500 - £2,000) are up for auction from Devlin’s estate.
Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said, “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. Whoever buys these pieces is acquiring a piece of history.”