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  1. Johannes Gutenberg

    Johannes Gutenberg


    Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) (English: yoh-hahn-uhs goot-n-burg) was a German goldsmith, printer and publisher who introduced modern book printing. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation and the Scientific Revolution and laid the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.

  2. Nicholas Hilliard

    Nicholas Hilliard


    Nicholas Hilliard (c. 1547 – 7 January 1619) was an English goldsmith and limner best known for his portrait miniatures of members of the courts of Elizabeth I and James I of England. He mostly painted small oval miniatures, but also some larger cabinet miniatures, up to about ten inches tall, and at least two famous half-length panel portraits of Elizabeth. He enjoyed continuing success as an artist, and continuing financial troubles, for forty-five years. His paintings still exemplify the visual image of Elizabethan England, very different from that of most of Europe in the late sixteenth century. Technically he was very conservative by European standards, but his paintings are superbly executed and have a freshness and charm that has ensured his continuing reputation as "the central artistic figure of the Elizabethan age, the only English painter whose work reflects, in its delicate microcosm, the world of Shakespeare's earlier plays."

  3. Benvenuto Cellini

    Benvenuto Cellini


    Benvenuto Cellini (3 November 1500 – 13 February 1571) was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter, soldier and musician, who also wrote a famous autobiography. He was one of the most important artists of Mannerism.

  4. Lee H. Letts

    Lee H. Letts


    Lee Harold Letts (born 1951), American artist, sculptor, painter and goldsmith, is primarily known for his bronze sculptures of birds and animals. His practice is based on the principles of traditional studio craftsmanship, as well as the importance of studying under a master in the manner of the American artists who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The beauty of Nature is the primary theme of his artwork. He holds a unique position as a bronze sculptor trained as a goldsmith.

  5. Christopher Bechtler

    Christopher Bechtler


    Christopher (alias Christian) Bechtler (1782–1843) was a German-born American goldsmith and watchmaker. He became rich and famous through an American gold rush based on his concept of producing defined gold dollars, the Bechtler Dollars, in the early 1830s and by 1840, before the US government itself started to produce gold dollars in 1849.

  6. Erik August Kollin

    Erik August Kollin


    Erik August Kollin (1836-1901) was born in Finland, where he completed his apprenticeship before travelling to St. Petersburg. Qualified as workmaster in 1868, in 1870 opened his own workshop in St. Petersburg. Kollin worked for August Holmström and for Carl Fabergé, and was soon put in charge of all Fabergé workshops, a post he held until 1886 when he was replaced by Michael Perkhin. He was Fabergé's first chief jeweler. Specialized in gold and silver articles, most of them in an archaic style of the period. The artefacts produced Kollin for Fabergé before his departure in 1886 generally bears his initials EK, together with Fabergé's hallmark and are frequently to be found in a Fabergé box. Evidently these pre-date the change of hallmarks in 1899. Objects bearing EK mark oly and produced between 1885 and 1899 should be considered as the work of an independent operator, unless cased by Fabergé.

  7. Robert Stone (silversmith)

    Robert Stone (silversmith)


    Robert Edgar Stone (1903 – 1990) was an English silversmith who worked in the mid-20th century and was noted for hand-crafted commissions.

  8. Ahmad bin Ibrahim Badr

    Ahmad bin Ibrahim Badr


    Ahmad bin Ibrahim Badr (1920–2009) is the chief artist who recast the golden door of the Kaaba.

  9. Richard Shaw Brown

    Richard Shaw Brown


    Richard Shaw "Rick" Brown (born in 1947) was the lead singer, harmonica player, and co-song writer of Psychedelic group The Misunderstood. The Misunderstood were a rock band originating from Riverside, California in the mid-1960s. The band moved to London early in their career, and although they recorded only a handful of songs before being forced to disband, they are considered highly influential in the then-emerging genre.

  10. Elizabeth Gage

    Elizabeth Gage


    Elizabeth Gage is a jewellery designer and trained master Goldsmith that has been creating collectable jewellery for over 40 years.

  11. Agathangjel Mbrica

    Agathangjel Mbrica


    Agathangjel Mbrica (1883-1957) was an Albanian artist and goldsmith.

  12. Nicholas of Verdun

    Nicholas of Verdun


    Nicholas of Verdun (1130–1205) was a French artist, one of the most famous goldsmiths and enamellists of the Middle Ages, a major figure in Romanesque art, and the leading figure of Mosan art in his day. He created shrines, figurines, and candlesticks decorated with precious stones, travelling around Europe to fulfill major commissions.

  13. Claudius Ash

    Claudius Ash


    Claudius Ash (1792–1854) was an English goldsmith and dental manufacturer.

  14. August Frederik Hollming

    August Frederik Hollming


    August Frederik Hollming (or Golming), Finnish and Russian silver- and goldsmith, Fabergé workmaster. Born in 1854 in Loppi, Finland as a son of a bookkeeper Anders Gustaf Hollming of Loviisa and of Katarina Petterson. Was apprenticed to the goldsmith Karl F. Ekholm in Helsinki at the beginning of the 1870s years. In 1876 he settled in St.Petersburg and registered as a goldworker. In 1880 qualified as master and opened his workshop at 35 Kazanskaya Street and was hired by Fabergé soon. Had 3 sons from Erika G. Abrahamsson. In 1900 the Hollming workshop moved to 24 Bolshaya Morskaya under the same roof as Fabergé. In 1913 ran the workshop together with Otto Hanhinen, his father's assistant. Produced mostly cigarette-cases in silver, gold and enamel, miniature Easter Eggs and small gem-set, enameled jewels such as cuff-links, brooches and pins. Many times produced these objects to the House of Fabergé.

  15. Anton Koberger

    Anton Koberger


    Anton Koberger (c. 1440/1445 – 3 October 1513) was the German goldsmith, printer and publisher who printed and published the Nuremberg Chronicle, a landmark of incunabula, and was a successful bookseller of works from other printers. He established in 1470 the first printing house in Nuremberg.

  16. Alan of Walsingham

    Alan of Walsingham


    Alan of Walsingham (died c. 1364), aka Alan de Walsingham, was an English architect, first heard of in 1314 as a junior monk at Ely, distinguished by his skill in goldsmith's work, and for his acquaintance with the principles of mechanics.

  17. Theophilus Presbyter

    Theophilus Presbyter


    Theophilus Presbyter (flourished c. 1070–1125) is the pseudonymous author or compiler of a Latin text containing detailed descriptions of various medieval arts, a text commonly known as theSchedula diversarum artium ("List of various arts") or De diversis artibus ("On various arts"), probably first compiled between 1100 and 1120. The oldest manuscript copies of the work are found in Vienna (Austrian National Library, Codex 2527) and in Wolfenbüttel (Herzog-August-Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. Gud. Lat. 69 2°). Gotthold Ephraim Lessing rediscovered the document when he worked as librarian in Wolfenbüttel.

  18. Antonio del Pollaiolo

    Antonio del Pollaiolo


    Antonio del Pollaiolo (January 17, 1429/1433 – February 4, 1498), also known as Antonio di Jacopo Pollaiuolo or Antonio Pollaiolo, was an Italian painter, sculptor, engraver and goldsmith during the Renaissance.

  19. Paul de Lamerie

    Paul de Lamerie


    Paul de Lamerie (9 April 1688–1 August 1751) was an English silversmith. The Victoria and Albert Museum describes him as the "greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century". Though his mark raises the market value of silver, his output was large and not all his pieces are outstanding. The volume of work bearing De Lamerie's mark makes it almost certain that he subcontracted orders to other London silversmiths before applying his own mark.

  20. Alfred Gilbert

    Alfred Gilbert


    Sir Alfred Gilbert (12 August 1854 – 4 November 1934) was an English sculptor and goldsmith who enthusiastically experimented with metallurgical innovations. He was a central — if idiosyncratic — participant in the New Sculpture movement that invigorated sculpture in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century.

  21. Lorenzo Ghiberti

    Lorenzo Ghiberti


    Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 – 1 December 1455), born Lorenzo di Bartolo, was an Italian artist of the early Renaissance best known for works in sculpture and metalworking.

  22. Godefroid de Claire

    Godefroid de Claire


    Godefroid de Claire or Godefroid de Huy (born ca. 1100; died ca. 1173) was a Belgian goldsmith and enamelist. His main working period is 1130–1150, in the area of Stavelot and the Meuse valley.

  23. Kurt Aepli

    Kurt Aepli


    Kurt Aepli (born May 14, 1914 in Rapperswil, SG, Switzerland, died December 22, 2002 in Uznach, SG, Switzerland) was a Swiss silversmith, a designer of fine jewelry and implements, as well as a professional educator.

  24. Avenir Ivanovitch Sumin

    Avenir Ivanovitch Sumin


    Avenir Ivanovitch Sumin (aka. A. I. Sumin) was a competitor of the Fabergé's art in St. Petersburg, "Supplier to the Court". His workshop was originally founded by his father, Ivan Sumin, in 1869 at 46 Nevsky Prospekt, St.Petersburg. In 1882 Avenir Sumin obtained a prize for the carving of semi-precious stones at the Moscow All-Russian Industrial Art Exhibition. Produced clocks, cigarette cases and frames, marked with his initial and full name in Cyrillic characters. Sumin used the same colour-scheme as Britzin, with a predilection for white enamel and the occasional unexpected turquoise. Also specializing in the carving of stones from Siberia and the Caucasus. Sumin's shop offered the objects in birchwood cases inspired by those of Fabergé. Also Sumin resold many objects made by Fabergé or other famous Russian jewellery workmasters. Many objects, including white enamel cigarette cases and miniature Easter eggs in pale pink, yellow, mauve and blue are stamped A.A., standing presumably for A. Astreyden, who seems to have had a working relationship with Sumin.

  25. August Wilhelm Holmström

    August Wilhelm Holmström


    August Wilhelm Holmström, Finnish and Russian silver- and goldsmith. Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1829. Apprentice in St. Petersburg, master in 1857 with his own workshop. Senior member of Fabergé's workshop, he was head jeweler and also produced parts for composite articles. Died in 1903. His son Albert Holmström continued in his father's footsteps after his death and used the same mark, AH.

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