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Teapot
  • Teapot
    Benson, William Arthur Smith, born 1854 - died 1924
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Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1895-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, spun with cast brass details, the interior tinned.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. Amerye Cooper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.194-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

William Arthur Smith Benson (1858-1924) was born in London and educated at Winchester and Oxford. Benson was first articled to the office of Basil Champneys until 1880. Through his friendship with the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, he met William Morris, whom he had long admired and was inspired to set up a workshop for the manufacture of metalwork in 1880. He later opened a well equipped factory in Hammersmith and in about 1887, a shop in Bond Street. His firm survived until he retired in 1920. Benson’s firm produced some simple furniture but his great output consisted in well designed utilitarian metalwork, usually in copper and brass but sometimes in electroplate, including lamps, teapots and food warmers. Benson had always been interested in engineering and, unlike so many of his Arts & Crafts contemporaries, had little compunction about the use of the machine.

Benson was an active member of the Art Workers' Guild from 1884, a leader in the formation of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society from 1886 and wrote an essay on metalwork in the catalogue of the first exhibition in 1888. On Morris’s death in 1896 Benson became chairman of Morris & Co. for whom he designed furniture and wallpapers. In 1914, he was a founder member of the Design and Industries Association.

Physical description

Teapot, copper and brass, the interior tinned. The ovoid body spun in two sections, the junction disguised by a plain moulding. The body is supported on a conical foot with a plain, moulded rim and is joined to the body by a brass, knurled collar. The squat spout of cast brass has a moulding round the base and is attached to the shoulder of the body. The rim of the body has a plain stepped moulding, the concial lid likewise which is surmounted by a wooden, acorn finial. The lid is attached to the loop handle, of brass strip by a brass, strap hinge.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1895-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Copper, spun with cast brass details, the interior tinned.

Dimensions

Height: 7.25 in, Width: 7.75 in

Descriptive line

Teapot, copper with brass details, London, 1895-1900, designed and made by W.A.S. Benson

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

Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Arts, London, HMSO, 1952

Materials

Copper; Brass; Tin

Techniques

Spinning; Casting; Tinning

Subjects depicted

Moulding

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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