Copper and brass Arts & Crafts Hanging Light with shell shades
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Copper and brass Arts & Crafts Hanging Light with shell shades

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Copper and brass Arts & Crafts Hanging Light with shell shades:
the three-way scrolling brass frame with centre baluster stem and copper leaf decoration; the four mother o’ pearl shell lampshades with leaf mounts, suspended on gold silk flex, typical of early electric fittings.
Circa 1900, restored.

Height: 34½" - 87.5cm
Width: 15" - 38.0cm
Glossary Words

Arts and Crafts

The Arts and Crafts movement, based on the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris, was more a way of thinking and making than a style. It flourished between 1880 and 1920 and was a reaction against mass-produced factory goods. The revival of handicrafts produced metalwork which emphasised the toolmarks and how it was constructed. Favourite motifs included hearts, fish, flowers, fruit, birds, galleons. W. A. S. Benson designed light-fittings for Morris & Co., made at his workshop in Hammersmith, and also had his own shop in Bond Street.

electrolier

A term adopted about 1900 to describe chandeliers specifically made for electricity. The very first electricity supply systems were from 1882. Important country houses had their own generators installed, such as Chatsworth House in 1895. Electricity became more commonly used in middle class homes from 1900.

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