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Robert WelchRobert Welch

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Born in Hereford in 1929. He studied under Cyril Shiner and R G Baxendale at Birmingham College of Art from 1950-2 and was a contemporary of Gerald Benney and David Mellor at the Royal College of Art from 1952-5 under Professor Robert Goodden. In 1955 he was asked by J & J Wiggin to be design consultant for their "Old Hall Tableware" where he produced a very successful range in stainless steel and the same year established his own silversmith's workshop in Chipping Camden in the premises previously occupied by Charles Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft. In 1958 he was joined by silversmith John Limbrey who would execute most of Welch's silver designs. Like David Mellor he would extend his designing skills to many other mediums apart from silver and opened two successful retail outlets in Chipping Campden and Warwick. He was made an MBE in 1980 and died in 2000.

 



Pair Silver Goblets

Birmingham 1966
Robert Welch
Height: 17.5cm
Diameter: 6cm (top)
£895

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Pair Silver Goblets

Silver CruetSilver Cruet

Silver Three Piece Cruet
Robert Welch
Salt London 1972
Mustard London 1973
Peppermill London 1990
Height peppermill: 13.6 cm

£1950
 



Silver Candelabra

Small Silver Candelabra
Robert Welch
London 1977
Width:15.5cm
Height: 13 cm

£1950 


Silver Candelabra

Silver 'Dumbbell'  CruetSilver 'Dumbbell' Cruet

Silver 3 Piece 'Dumbbell' Cruet
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1972/3
Neight: 7 cm

£895

With original spoon and receipt for £58


Previously on loan to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden 



Silver Oval Dish

Silver Oval Dish
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1957
Length: 17.7 cm

£450

Engraved to base: Susannah

An early example with his first maler's mark: R over W

Had previously been on loan to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden 


Silver Oval Dish

Silver BowlSilver Bowl

Silver Bowl
Robert Welch
London 1995
Diameter: 11 cm
Height: 4 cm

£275 



Silver Basket

Silver Basket
Robert Welch
London 1978
Height: 9cm
Diameter: 9 cm

£450 


Silver Basket

Silver GobletSilver Goblet

Silver Goblet
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1969
Height: 12.3 cm
Diameter: 7.7 cm

£695 



Silver Millenium Alveston Long Spoon

London 2000
Robert Welch
'Alveston' Pattern Long Spoon
Millenium Hallmark
20cm

£135
 


Silver Millenium Alveston Long Spoon

Boxed Silver 3 Piece CruetBoxed Silver 3 Piece Cruet

Boxed Silver 3 Piece Cruet
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1965
Made for Asprey & Co Ltd Bond Street
Height: 12.2 cm
Engraved to base of pepper: Asprey London

£1250

John Limbrey (who made these for Welch) told me that he only made a few of these and remembers delivering them himself to Asprey

Previously on loan to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden for the 2014 Welch exhibition - 'Inspiration and Innovation'.

This set illustrated in my book 'Designer British Silver' 



Silver Sauceboat on stand

Birmingham 1969
Robert Welch
Diameter: 13cm (stand)
Height: 7cm

£695


(Exhibited at the Robert Welch Exhibition at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden)

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Silver Sauceboat on stand

Pair Silver Salt and PepperPair Silver Salt and Pepper

Pair Silver Salt and Pepper
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1971
Height: 11.8 cm

£475 



Robert Welch Silver Goblet

Limited Edition Silver Goblet
Robert Welch
London 1978
To commemorate the 900th
anniversary of the founding of
the White Tower at the Tower of London
Height:19cm
Weight: 10½oz
Limited edition of 50 in original box


£895 


Robert Welch Silver Goblet

Silver BowlSilver Bowl

London 2005
Robert Welch
Diameter: 9cm
Height: 5cm

£240

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Silver 'Alveston' Knife

Sheffield 1966
Robert Welch
Old Hall
Length: 23cm
£50

Designed in 1961 for Old Hall Tableware.
Won Design Centre award in 1964 and
can be seen in the V & A, London and
MOMA, New York.

 


Silver 'Alveston' Knife

Robert Welch - Inspiration and Innovation
Robert Welch - Inspiration and Innovation


An important exhibition of the designs of Robert Welch opens Saturday 19th July - 28 September 2014

We loaned 10 pieces of silver to the Courty Barn Museum in Chipping Campden for this first retrospective of his work since 1995. 




Robert Welch: Inspiration and Innovation Robert Welch: Inspiration and Innovation

Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

A major exhibition of the work of Robert Welch
19th July to 28th September 2014.

We have loaned several pieces to be exhibited which are illustrated below

This exhibition will look at the inspiration and influences on Robert Welch, his relationship with his customers, the commissions he has worked on and the period in which they were created. It will explore the continuing appeal of Robert Welch’s designs and how the company has adapted over the years while remaining true to his ideals about truth to materials.

Sponsored by Robert Welch Designs Ltd 



Silver Cruet

Silver 3 Piece Medium 'Dumbbel' Cruet
Robert Welch
Pepper and salt London 1973
Mustard and Spoon London 1973
Height: 8 cm

Previously loaned to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

Illustrated in my book 'British Designer Silversmiths' 


Silver Cruet

Silver 6 Branch CandelabrumSilver 6 Branch Candelabrum

Silver 6 Branch Candelabrum
Robert Welch
London 1977
Height: 13 cm

In 1973 Robert Welch retailed these for £95

Previously loaned to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden 



Silver Epergne

Silver 5 Bowl Epergne
Robert Welch
Birmingham 1978
Height: 30.5 cm

The design sketch for this commission is illustrated in 'Hand and Machine' on page 50

Previously loaned to Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

Next image is of the presentation certificate that accompanies this piece 


Silver Epergne

Presentation Certificate for EpergnePresentation Certificate for Epergne

Presentation Certicate for above Epergne