A BRASS AND COPPER DUPLEX BURNER CEILING LAMP
A BRASS AND COPPER DUPLEX BURNER CEILING LAMP
A BRASS AND COPPER DUPLEX BURNER CEILING LAMP
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A BRASS AND COPPER HANGING OIL LAMP

BY W.A.S. BENSON & CO., CIRCA 1900

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A BRASS AND COPPER HANGING OIL LAMP
BY W.A.S. BENSON & CO., CIRCA 1900
Model no. 92, the corona suspending five chains and a reflective petal shade above an oil lamp with associated etched frosted glass shade, the winder signed BENSON & CO NEW BOND ST. LONDON, lacking chimney and further hanging glass smoke shade
36 ¼ in. (92 cm.) high; 23 ½ in. (60 cm.) diameter
Literature
P. Rose, ‘W. A. S. Benson: a Pioneer Designer of Light Fittings’, The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 - the Present, 1985, vol. 9, p. 52, pl. 9.
I. Hamerton ed., W.A.S. Benson: Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design, Woodbridge, 2005, pp. 130-131, pls. 108 & 109.
B. Coleman, The Best of British Arts & Crafts, Atglen, PA, 2004, p. 98.
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Lot Essay


An oil lamp of this model hung in Benson's own dining room rather than gas or electric light, which he considered unflattering to the complexion. Peter Rose observed that, as technological advances yielded increasingly intense light sources, Benson recognized the need to develop two forms of lamps, noted by Benson himself in Notes on Electric Wiring and Fittings (1897) as "one for the general lighting of the room and the other sort to throw a strong light upon particular surfaces or objects without exposing the glare of the actual flame to view" (Hamerton, loc. cit., p. 108). This model is illustrated in the W.A.S. Benson & Co. Catalogue 1899/1900, no. 92.
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