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Coffee pot
  • Coffee pot
    Benson, William Arthur Smith, born 1854 - died 1924
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Coffee pot

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 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, cast, soldered and riveted.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. Amerye Cooper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.195-1953

  • 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

Coffee pot of copper, the body of spun copper sections rests on a stepped, moulded foot, the flared body withg a plain moulded collar and a domed shoulder, the junction concealed by a plain moulded ridge. The squat spout of cast copper and with a plain moulding round the base is attached to the shoulder, a cast scroll handle is attached to the body by three bolts. The detachable lid, now missing.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 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, cast, soldered and riveted.

Dimensions

Height: 14.7 cm, Width: 20.5 cm, Diameter: 14 cm

Descriptive line

Coffee pot, spun and cast copper, London, ca.1900, designed and made by W.A.S. Benson

Materials

Copper

Techniques

Spinning; Casting; Soldering; Casting; Riveting

Subjects depicted

Moulding

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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