The Goldsmiths' Company of London is honouring one of its Wardens with an exhibition of his work.
GV EXTERIOR Goldsmiths' Hall, London, U.K.
SV INTERIOR Table designed for Princess Anne.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Altar candlestick.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Door handle.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Door handle with six-pointed star.
SV Designer Algernon Asprey talking about design of state rooms in palace at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
SVs Asprey talking about commemorative box for King Hussein of Jordan. (2 shots)
DESIGNER ALGERNON ASPREY: "This is the sketch for the King's study in Saudi Arabia. It has furniture, as you see, of contemporary design, with Arabesque influence, and the wall brackets here, the large wall brackets, are a great feature of the room. Here following on is the main reception room, a first conception, and you see here how I've introduced the Arabesque ornament into what is otherwise a very sophisticated room with strong colours that go with the size of these highly important rooms for entertaining.
"This is to commemorate the State visit of King Hussein of Jordan. And yet it has to contain a scroll of welcome which is twelve inches long. I have evolved here a black seal leather box, thus preserving the high cost of the gold and silver work to something which we can spend money in being highly decorative. I think also it is a very nice contrast in the use of the two materials. And when you come to see the actual piece which was evolved, you can begin to get this contrast between the black seal, the silver and the gold, and bring in also this very beautiful clean line of gold tooling, with the sword of the City of London. On one end here in gold are the arms of Jordan, and on the other, the arms of the City of London."
Mr. Asprey, who is 64 years old, joined the Aspreys family firm of Bond Street in 1933. He left it five years ago to set up his own business, designing and making gold, silver and leather presentation pieces, objects d'art and furniture.
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Background: The Goldsmiths' Company of London is honouring one of its Wardens with an exhibition of his work. The creations of Mr. Algernon Asprey went on show in the British capital on Tuesday (2 November) in a 10-day exhibition. It's the first time the centuries-old Company has honoured one of its Wardens with a one-man show.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall, includes a table and chairs given to Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips as a wedding present.
These altar candlesticks were designed by Mr. Asprey for the church of St. Andrews in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. Mr. Asprey, whose family has an international reputation as goldsmiths and jewellers, started his own business five years ago. He has done much work on the interior design of palaces in the Middle East.