An exhibition of surprise eggs for Easter has opened in London. It is being put?
SV PAN INTERIOR Part of Stuart Devlin Easter collection in showcases
CU Silver Easter egg tree, enamelled silver Easter egg is removed and opened to reveal enamel flower which could be hung on pendant (2 shots)
SV & CU Girl displays textured sterling silver & silver gilt 'cracked' Easter egg containing red & blue enamel flowers (2 shots)
CU Girl displays silver gilt sphere covered with silver filigree which opens to reveal a race-horse refusing to jump
SV & CU Side-jointed silver gilt egg containing a hand-carved citrine hedgehog nestling at foot of tree stump with toad stools and bird watching (3 shots)
CU Side-jointed open filigree in silver gilt green dioptase with enamel flower
CU Lift-off sterling silver and gilt egg with enamel flowers
CU Silver gilt sphere formed by leaves containing Australian flower in red enamel and two enamel butterflies
Initials CL/1845 CL/1902
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Background: An exhibition of surprise eggs for Easter has opened in London. It is being put on by the internationally-known designer-/goldsmith Stuart Devlin.
In the collection is an Easter egg tree in oxidised silver with silver leaves. The tree stands about four and a half inches (10 centimetres) high, and holds three miniature eggs. One of the eggs is in enamelled pink, the other in green and the third in silver gilt.
Each of the three eggs opens to reveal a surprise. They can also be taken off the tree and worn for personal adornment in the form of pendants.
Devlin's designs cover a wide field and range from impressive ceremonial regalia to salt cellars. But in this Easter season, his most appealing pieces are perhaps his elegantly-executed golden eggs containing many different precious stones.
His jewellery has an abstract quality. He uses stones of complicated cut and surrounds them with what appears to be filigree. On close inspection, however, one can see that the filigree is comprised of tiny human figures supporting the stones.
Many experts agree that Devlin's jewellery is surprising, fascinating and intriguing in its sense of elegance and humour.