Pair of Arts & Crafts Copper Wall Lights

by Faulkner Bronze Company
£18,000
Code
7851
Designed in the Art Nouveau style with twin arms and Ruskin roundels, the copper with repousse and hand-planished finish, on original oak backing. The vaseline glass shades later

England, circa 1900
 
The design of these four wall lights shows influences of the work of Archibald Knox (1864 - 1933) and Charles Robert Ashbee (1863 - 1942) who were so influential on early Twentieth Century design. Ashbee's article of 1895 "Suggestions for Electric Light Fittings" for the Art Journal, suggests the designer of these fully followed his advice:
 
" Besides imagining how the ancient Greeks would have designed electric lights - as the epitome of simplicity - he states that, as light falls, the best solution for fittings is high hanging lamps, in preference to low table lamps; (this contradicted those who advocated standard lamps, fearing that a hanging bulb would set light to the wire supporting it). He also approved of the shape of bulbs which looked like drops and therefore should be seen to hang. The hanging design was also restful: 'I prefer rest in a design, and feel disturbed when three naked bronze children coming rushing over the table with forty-eight candle-power hands full'. The exposed wires, to be covered in coloured silks, were to be very much part of the design."
H 46cm x W 25cm x D 36cm
H 18.12" x W 9.85" x D 14.18"
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