A Miniature Portrait Churchill Bust by Georges Weil
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Height overall: 13.5cm (5.2in)
Formed from cast and hammered silver and gold wire, mounted on a black marble base and contained in a presentation case, this bust belongs to a small group made under Georges Weil’s personal supervision in London in the early 1970s. Hallmarked London 1975.
Georges Weil (b. Vienna 1938) attended St. Martins School of Art in the mid 1950s and made a successful career in contemporary jewellery design in the 1970s, attracting the patronage of the fashion-conscious ‘jet set’. The Churchill centenary in 1974 offered Weil an opportunity to combine his admiration of Churchill with his talent as sculptor and working knowledge of the London jewellery business, to create a range of miniature portrait studies in silver. The Churchill bust elicited enthusiastic press reviews including one from the Illustrated London News that went so far as to declare, ‘Fabergé objets, exquisite as they are, and superb as their workmanship is, are really no more than expensive toys – Weil’s pieces are works of art.’ Weil sold his jewellery studio in 1979 to devote more time to sculpture and painting. In 1989 he immigrated to Israel, where he became a prominent artist.