A COPPER AND BRASS ADJUSTABLE FIRESCREEN AND A FENDER
A COPPER AND BRASS ADJUSTABLE FIRESCREEN AND A FENDER
A COPPER AND BRASS ADJUSTABLE FIRESCREEN AND A FENDER
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A COPPER AND BRASS ADJUSTABLE FIRESCREEN AND A FENDER

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

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A COPPER AND BRASS ADJUSTABLE FIRESCREEN AND A FENDER
BY W.A.S. BENSON & CO., CIRCA 1900
The firescreen, model no. 679, with eight 'petals' about a central boss, on a weighted base and with ring to the top of the shaft, the fender of curved outline and formed of lotus leaves and vine tendrils
The firescreen: 29 ¼ in. (74 cm.) high; 20 5/8 in. (52.5 cm.) wide
The fender: 26 ¼ in. (67 cm.) wide
Provenance
Acquired from Paul Reeves, 1998 & 1994 respectively.
Literature
I. Hamerton ed., W.A.S. Benson: Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design, Woodbridge, 2005, pp. 95-6 & 99, pls. 73 & 77.
M. Hamnett, ‘The Albert Dawson Collection: a Handley-Read Legacy’, The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 - the Present, 2016, vol. 40, p. 107, fig. 18 (fender).
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A fire screen of apparently identical design is held in the collection of The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; they record 'This was one of Benson's earliest registered designs. He had a facility for inventing gadgets: his vaned copper screen is reminiscent of the copper shade he evolved for some of his lamps (see lot 131) - an example of these, installed by Philip Webb at Standen, near East Grinstead, is now in the possession of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The pattern is shown in his catalogue of 1899/1900, given the production number 679 (pl.29) and costing four guineas' (M.37-1972). This model is illustrated in the W.A.S. Benson & Co. Catalogue 1899/1900, no. 679.
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