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Light fitting
  • Light fitting
    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941
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Light fitting

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, shaped and cast glass, spattered with gold

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the London County Council through the Geffrye Museum

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.148-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The light fitting is one of two acquired by the Geffrye Museum, London, from the offices of the Essex and Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society's after the premises were relinquished by the society in the early 1950s. The Geffrye Museum passed this fitting on to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Voysey began work on the decoration and furnishing of the offices in 1906. The same light fittings were installed in the drawing room of Garden Corner, Chelsea.

Physical description

Suspended light fitting, the brass corona with indented trilobe leaf cresting suspended by three chains from a ceiling, suspension hook. The metalwork by Thomas Elsley & Co., the glass hemispherical bowl spattered with gold and probably made by the firm of Chance Brothers.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca.1910 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Brass, shaped and cast glass, spattered with gold

Marks and inscriptions

Elsley
Each brass unit stamped Elsley

Dimensions

Height: 19.8 cm of corona, Diameter: 36.5 cm

Object history note

The light fitting is one of two acquired by the Geffrye Museum, London, from the offices of the Essex and Suffolk Equitable Insurance Society's after the premises were relinquished by the society in the early 1950s. The Geffrye Museum passed this fitting on to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Voysey began work on the decoration and furnishing of the offices in 1906. The same light fittings were installed in the drawing room of Garden Corner, Chelsea. (see Studio XLII, 1907-8, pp.20,21 ill.

The offices were built between 1906 and 1910 at 54--56 new Broad Street, London EC2. They were refurbished in 1987 by William Nimmo and Partners, architects, for Haslemere Estates. Eight to ten reproductions were made by Samuel Elliot and Son Ltd., of 61 Gosbrook Road, Reading.

Descriptive line

Suspended light fitting, brass corona supporting a glass bowl suspended by three chains, London, ca. 1906, made by Thomas Elsley, the glass bowl by Chance, designed by C.F.A. Voysey for the Essex and Suffolk Equuitable Insurance Society.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Brandon Jones and others, C.F.A. Voysey architect & designer 1857-1941, London, Lund Humphries in association with the Art Gallery and Museums and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, cat.no. E.15, p.136.

Materials

Brass; Glass; Gold

Techniques

Cutting; Forging; Casting

Subjects depicted

Leaf

Categories

Architectural fittings; Lighting; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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