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Cream jug
  • Cream jug
    Benson, William Arthur Smith, born 1854 - died 1924
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Cream jug

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Benson, William Arthur Smith, born 1854 - died 1924 (designer)
    W. A. S. Benson & Co. Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated silver, spun, the handle rivetted to the body.

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs M. Amerye Cooper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.193-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

William Arthur Smith Benson was born in London in 1858 and educated at Winchester and Oxford. He was first articled to the office of Basil Champneys. In 1880 he set up a workshop for the manufacture of metalwork. He was inspired in this by William Morris, whom he had long admired. Later he opened a well-equipped factory in Hammersmith, and about 1887 a shop in Bond Street. The firm survived until he retired in 1920. Benson was an active member of the Art Worker’s Guild from 1884 and a leader in the formation of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society from 1886. On Morris’s death in 1896, he became chairman of Morris & Co. and designed furniture and wallpapers for them. He was a founder member of the Design and Industries Association in 1914. He died in 1924.

Benson’s firm produced some simple furniture, but his main output consisted of well-designed utilitarian metalwork. This was usually in copper and brass but sometimes in electroplate. It included lamps, teapots and food warmers. Benson had always been interested in engineering. Unlike so many of his Arts & Crafts contemporaries, he had little compunction about the use of the machine.

Physical description

Cream jug, electroplate, the body, globular with an everted rim with a "V" shaped spout and rests on a plain, circular foot. The body composed of two spun sections joined at the middle, the junction disguised by a reeded girdle, the "C" shaped handle at the rear is a plain strip of metal rivetted to the body.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Benson, William Arthur Smith, born 1854 - died 1924 (designer)
W. A. S. Benson & Co. Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated silver, spun, the handle rivetted to the body.

Dimensions

Height: 10.8 cm, Width: 12.7 cm

Object history note

Designed by WAS Benson and made in the factory of WAS Benson and Co Ltd.

Descriptive line

Cream jug, electroplated silver, London, ca. 1910, designed and made by W.A.S. Benson

Materials

Silver; Copper

Techniques

Spinning; Electroplating; Rivetting

Categories

Drinking; Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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