Cream Jug

ca. 1910 (made)
Cream Jug thumbnail 1
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electroplated silver, spun, the handle rivetted to the body.
Brief Description
Cream jug, electroplated silver, London, ca. 1910, designed and made by W.A.S. Benson
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.8cm
  • Width: 12.7cm
Style
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Gift of Mrs M. Amerye Cooper
Object history
Designed by WAS Benson and made in the factory of WAS Benson and Co Ltd.
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.193-1953

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdSeptember 16, 2002
Record URL