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Newel Post Finial

ca.1907,
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This object links Voysey’s furniture and woodwork designs with his practice as an architect, as well as encapsulating his sense of humour. Voysey occasionally designed carvings such as this to cap newel posts in the staircases of his buildings. Voysey was clearly fond of this carving – according to its later owner, the scholar-architect John Brandon-Jones, he used it as a hat stand.

The carving is almost identical to six finials which remain on the secondary staircase at Garden Corner, a house on Chelsea Embankment for whose owner, the businessman and MP Emslie Horniman (1863–1932), Voysey remodelled the interior in 1906–7. Voysey had a photograph of a similar finial taken together with a perpetual calendar and ashtray, by the photographer Herbet Koester, c.1907 (photograph in the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects). Voysey inscribed the reverse of the photograph: ‘Newel Post for an M.P. / Mr. Looking fourways’ - perhaps a wry political comment.







object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oak, carved
Brief Description
Top of an oak newel post, each side carved with a caricature of a man with a flattened nose, c.1907
Physical Description
An oak newel post finial carved as a caricature of a man's head, one on each facet, wearing a hat
Dimensions
  • Whole height: 22.2cm
  • Whole width: 7.2cm
  • Whole depth: 7.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • C 25 / NEWEL POST / C. F. A. VOYSEY (Type-written label (C. F. A. VOYSEY added in handwriting), affixed to underside. Exhibition label from 'C. F. A. Voysey: architect and designer, 1857-1941', Brighton, 1978.)
  • Return to / J. BRANDON-JONES & ROBERT ASHTON / ARCHITECTS / 2 REDINGTON ROAD : LONDON : N.W.3 (Typed label affixed to underside (Return to handwritten in blue ink), probably dating from 1978 when the post was lent to the Voysey exhibition in Brighton.)
Credit line
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014
Summary
This object links Voysey’s furniture and woodwork designs with his practice as an architect, as well as encapsulating his sense of humour. Voysey occasionally designed carvings such as this to cap newel posts in the staircases of his buildings. Voysey was clearly fond of this carving – according to its later owner, the scholar-architect John Brandon-Jones, he used it as a hat stand.



The carving is almost identical to six finials which remain on the secondary staircase at Garden Corner, a house on Chelsea Embankment for whose owner, the businessman and MP Emslie Horniman (1863–1932), Voysey remodelled the interior in 1906–7. Voysey had a photograph of a similar finial taken together with a perpetual calendar and ashtray, by the photographer Herbet Koester, c.1907 (photograph in the collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects). Voysey inscribed the reverse of the photograph: ‘Newel Post for an M.P. / Mr. Looking fourways’ - perhaps a wry political comment.











Collection
Accession Number
W.16-2014

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