Arts and Crafts Hanging Light with swirled opaline glass shade

Arts and Crafts Hanging Light with swirled opaline glass shade

Arts and Crafts Hanging Light with swirled opaline glass shade

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Arts and Crafts Hanging Light with swirled opaline glass shade:
with shade probably by Powells of Whitefriars; the gilded frame
can be mounted as a plafonnier. Circa 1900, restored and rewired.

Height:11"-28.0cm
Width:5"-12.5cm

Powell, James & Sons

James Powell took over the Whitefriars Glass Works in London in 1834 and began a revival of handblown glass. Powells produced austerely elegant glasses for Arts & Crafts designer Philip Webb and opalescent shades for W.A.S.Benson's light fittings.

opaline

Fine semi-opaque, white and coloured glass, developed by the French in the first half of the 19th century, with a translucent quality.

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.

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