Large cylindrical Arts & Crafts gilded repoussée brass Lantern

Large cylindrical Arts & Crafts gilded repoussée brass Lantern

Large cylindrical Arts & Crafts gilded repoussée brass Lantern

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Large cylindrical Arts & Crafts gilded repoussée brass Lantern:
with shaped mount of organic form with bold curving struts to
top boss; the vertical struts pierced with graduated diamonds.
Circa 1880, restored and inner four-way chandelier wired with
electric candles.

Height:47"-120.0cm
Width:18"-46.0cm

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.

repoussé

Imprinted design, made by hammering thin brass or copper over a wooden mould. This technique was much-used in Arts and Crafts metalwork as it shows the toolmarks of the craftsman.

top boss, boss

A knob or stud or other round, protruding ornament; the architectural term meaning circular roundel on a the crossing of a ceiling vault. We use 'top boss' to describe the decorative metal knob where the chains or struts meet at the top of a chandelier.

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