Peter Wilding (Biographical details)

Peter Wilding (designer; collector; British; Male; 1907 - 1969)

Also known as

Wilding, Peter


Tobago, West Indies


Peter Wilding was an accomplished linguist, biographer and pianist who is best known for his remarkable collection of silver made in London by French Huguenot craftsmen in the years 1697-1723. He wrote a monograph entitled, 'An Introduction to English Silver', which was published in 1950.
After the war, in which he served in Naval Intelligence, he moved to the West Indies for his health and cultivated cocoa and coconuts. In the last years of his life he turned to designing, together with Cartier (q.v.), a collection of enamelled and gem-set gold boxes which were only completed after his death. From the start he intended to leave them to the British Museum as a tribute to continued excellence in traditional craftsmanship.