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Jean Wilkinson silver "Lily" candlesticks

These very pretty silver candlesticks were made by Jean Wilkinson quite early in her career. Aptly named "Lily" each one has a top shaped like a canna lily with a curved stem above feet shaped as 4 canna lily leaves although the base also reminds me of a open stargazer lily.When you turn the candlesticks upside down a surprise awaits you - 4 silver snails! Each candlestick has a silver sconce that sits in the centre of the top. (Small red candles provided). The candlesticks are hallmarked by the London Assay Office for silver, 2007 and bear the sponsor's mark "JW" for Jean Wilkinson.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 2lbs 0.3ozs - 915gms
Height: 12.2ins - 31cms
Diameter of top: 2.76ins - 7cms
Diameter of base: 4.92ins - 12.5cms

Jean Wilkinson
Silversmith, Jeweller, Enameller

Born in the Republic of Ireland, Jean knew from an early age that she wanted to be a silversmith but she was not able to begin to realise those dreams until her thirties after a successful career in I.T. designing and programming computer systems. Fittingly it was this career that enabled her to finance her silversmith training.
She trained under Brain Clarke, Michael Good, Lori Talcott, Eva Hofelmaier and Phil Barnes.
Jean is inspired by nature, its colours shapes textures & spaces, by the work of the Art Nouveau enameller Eugene Feuillatre and most lately by the mentoring and teaching of Master Enameller Phil Barnes who Jean credits with bringing her to where she is today: an award winning silversmith jeweller & enameller and the only person in this county working with plique a jour done in this method on large pieces.
Jean has won awards at the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards in the Enamellers Senior section in 2011, 2014 & 2016. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and in 2013 gave the Master Class on plique a jour enamelling at the Guild of Enamellers 2013 annual conference held at Queen Ethelburga’s College York.
Jean is a member of the British Society of Enamellers and the Guild of Enamellers.

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