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Asprey International Limited Lighting

Favored for over two centuries by European royalty, movie stars, rock music legends and England’s elite, Asprey International Limited’s reputation for creating elegant, high-quality furniture, jewelry and decorative objects is without equal. The storied manufacturer’s motto — “It can be done” — exemplifies their approach to design, which has proven over time to be both dynamic and enduring. To this day, Asprey International Limited remains a go-to purveyor of luxury goods and bespoke design services.

The roots of Asprey International Limited can be traced all the way back to 1781 when it was founded by William Asprey in Mitcham, Surrey. The business moved to its revered modern location, 166 Bond Street, in 1847. The company’s highly accurate regulator clock, once displayed in the window of their flagship, became a frequent stop for Londoners wishing to reset their watches.

Asprey first gained renown for its manufacture of exquisitely engineered dressing cases, which were compact pieces of luggage that travelers would use to tote their cosmetics and toiletries. At the International Exhibition of 1862, the company received a gold medal for its excellent dressing-case designs and also earned a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria for their manufacture. Upon his ascension to the throne, King Edward II introduced incredibly formal Buckingham Palace court presentations, balls and soirées, resulting in a huge demand for diamond jewels starting with his coronation in 1902. The court jewelers Asprey, Garrard, Carrington and the newly opened London branch of Cartier were all overwhelmed with orders for sumptuous diamond jewelry to be worn at the king’s elaborate coronation. Currently, Asprey International Limited holds a Royal Warrant from His Royal Majesty Charles, Prince of Wales, for jewelry and silver.

Asprey continued to build its reputation for the production of luxury goods including tableware and silverplate pieces throughout the Victorian period and into the early 20th century. Especially known for its designs of the 1920s and ‘30s, Asprey International Limited considers the Art Deco period to have been its golden age. Their designers embraced the spirited originality of the period with open arms, and Asprey enjoyed a time of intense creativity and debuted a wealth of iconic creations throughout the mid-century modern period, too.

Asprey artisans have designed bespoke pieces for such notable celebrities as British musician Ringo Starr and American actress Angelina Jolie. They have also designed made-to-order accessories for Hollywood movies, most notably the Edwardian-style “Coeur de la Mer,” which was a piece of costume jewelry from James Cameron’s 1997 hit, Titanic. The company’s recreation of the piece — this time designed with actual gems sourced from Sri Lanka — fetched more than $2 million at a fundraiser held in Princess Diana’s honor in 1998. Asprey previously acted as the official jewelry designer for the BAFTA awards and collaborated with Ferrari’s Formula 1 team during the late 1990s.

Asprey International Limited has received many awards and recognitions for its timeless designs. Most notably, it was awarded the Queen's Award to Industry in 1975. The London College of Arms bestowed upon the brand a new official coat of arms in 2006 to mark its esteemed 225-year-long legacy of excellence.

On 1stDibs, find antique Asprey International Limited decorative objects, lighting, serveware and silver and jewelry.

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Creator: Asprey International Limited
Nephrite, Diamond, Gilt Metal Lamp with a Cheetah by Asprey
By Asprey International Limited
Located in London, GB
Nephrite, diamond, gilt metal lamp with a cheetah by Asprey English, c. 1980 Height 90cm, diameter 42cm This superb sculptural lamp depicts a cheetah elegantly sitting under a tree. Made in around 1980, by the well-known English firm of Asprey, the piece is an example of some of their finest work. Nephrite, a semi-precious stone is superbly carved in a dome shape and acts as the lampshade. Its green colouring with speckles of black superbly acts as the tree top and adds a vibrant pop of colour to the piece. When light shines through the nephrite, the patterns are emphasized and transform the appearance of the lamp as well as its surrounding. Gilt metal detailing tops the lampshade and decorates the rim. A gilt metal tree trunk connects the lampshade to the base. Several twisted branches extend at the top, appearing as if they are getting lost inside the leaves imitated by nephrite. The superbly cast texture of a tree trunk adds to the realistic feel of the piece. A gilt metal cheetah...
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Late 20th Century English Modern Asprey International Limited Lighting

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Stone, Metal, Other

Rhodonite, Rock Crystal and Vermeil Desk Lamp by Asprey
By Asprey International Limited
Located in London, GB
Rhodonite, rock crystal and vermeil desk lamp by Asprey English, circa 1970 Height 61cm, diameter 22cm This spectacular desk lamp is crafted from an array of rare and luxuriou...
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20th Century English Modern Asprey International Limited Lighting

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Rock Crystal, Vermeil, Other

Art Deco Style Rock Crystal, Enamel & Russian Green Jasper Lamp; Asprey London
By Asprey International Limited
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A very unusual Art Deco style, gilt silver, hand-carved rock crystal, red and green Russian Jasper mounted table lamp; by Asprey of London. This magnifi...
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Mid-20th Century British Art Deco Asprey International Limited Lighting

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Asprey International Limited lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Asprey International Limited lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of stone and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Asprey International Limited lighting, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original lighting by Asprey International Limited were created in the modern style in united kingdom during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Jefferson Electric Co., and General Electric Company (GEC). Prices for Asprey International Limited lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $22,934 and can go as high as $121,466, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $36,450.

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