W. A. S. Benson English Aesthetic Movement Brass Candlesticks(41 views)
Description: A pair of W.A.S. Benson Brass Aesthetic Movement Candlesticks. “Another Morris protege, W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924), ‘made his name . . . as a reformer of oil-lamps and candelabra which he redeemed from the bondage of early Victorian taste.’ Persuaded by Morris in 1880 to leave his apprenticeship with the architect Basil Champneys and set up business as a metal work manufacturer, Benson made rapid progress, first building a factory in Hammersmith and then in 1887 opening his own shop in New Bond Street. . . . On Morris’s death he became chairman of Morris & Co.” This pair of (unsigned) Benson designed candlestick are 12.75” long and 5” wide and 5” tall. Solid brass. Condition: scuffs to the patina and the arms and feet are bent a little a condition of use and age. The brass balls are solid allowing this form to overhang a piano edge if needed. Truly this form represents an earlier example of modern art interpretation of English decorative arts.
Condition Report: Scuffs to the patina
Provenance: A private home from Watch Hill Rhode Island
Dimensions: 12.75" long
Artist or Maker: W. A. S. Benson
Literature: Victorian and Edwardian Decor from the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau
Medium: Brass and glass
Date: Late 19th century
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