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Eight hinges, six keys and two handles
  • Eight hinges, six keys and two handles
    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941
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Eight hinges, six keys and two handles

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
    Thomas Elsley & Co (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014

  • Museum number:

    M.72-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Voysey stands out on several counts from most of his fellow architect-designers who joined the Art Workers’ Guild and contributed metalwork to the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. Instead of setting up his own workshop, he continued the traditional practice of handing over his designs to a trustworthy firm for execution. This encouraged him to ignore the repertory of ornamental techniques used by many metalworkers attached to the Arts and Crafts movement who habitually embellished their productions enamels and semi-precious stones. Of Voysey’s major contemporaries, only W.A.S. Benson favoured a similar simplicity of form and decoration, and Benson, significantly had his own factory in Hammersmith which was filled with the latest machinery. Unlike Benson, however, who increasingly devoted his energies to his metalwork to the exclusion of architecture, Voysey did not design a great deal either for precious or base metals, and when he did so it was usually with his architectural schemes in mind. Some of his finest and most characteristic designs for metalwork are the hinges fitted to furniture and doors.

Place of Origin

London (designed and made)

Date

ca.1900 (designed and made)

Artist/maker

C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
Thomas Elsley & Co (maker)

Descriptive line

Eight hinges, six keys and two handles mounted on a wooden board, London, ca.1900, made by Thomas Elsley & Co., designed by C.F.A. Voysey

Materials

Bronze; Steel

Categories

Architectural fittings; Metalwork

Production Type

small batch

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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