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Lot 9

Gerald Benney (1930-2008). A silver jug and twin-handled bowl with bark effect finish, London,...

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Lot 9

Gerald Benney (1930-2008). A silver jug and twin-handled bowl with bark effect finish, London,...

Price Realised: £1,837

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 9


Gerald Benney (1930-2008). A silver jug and twin-handled bowl with bark effect finish, London, 1970, Gerald Benney, both stamped Gerald Benney London to base, the jug with angular spout and polished loop handle, approx.10.2cm high, the cylindrical bowl with twin polished loop handles, approx. 7.7cm high, both with textured tree bark effect finish to bodies beneath a polished rim, total weight approx. 20.6oz (2)



Gerald Benney CBE was one of the most influential silversmiths of the 20th century. He had a distinctive style characterised by strong geometric forms and the innovative use of texture. The textured tree-bark effect which became a signature finish for Benney was developed by accident! While hand-raising the bowl of a cup he unintentionally used a silver hammer with a damaged head. After hitting the smooth surface of the silver several times with the hammer he created an attractive, rippled surface that resembled the bark of a tree. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, this textured surface also had a practical advantage - it prevented fingermarks and tarnishing.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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