A rare sterling silver bowl by WAS Benson

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For sale is this rare WAS Benson silver bowl.  This is my first piece of Benson silver in the Collection reflecting the rarity of his sterling silver designs.  It is also fair to say that Benson reserved his best work for materials other than silver and this is the first piece in sterling that I have seen by him with some really nice original design features, notably the ball feet.

Based on catalogue evidence Benson made silver for his luxury catalogues in around 1910 -1914 and this piece is clearly hallmarked for London 1910.

W.A.S. Benson trained as an architect with Basil Champneys before turning in 1880 to the design and manufacture of domestic lighting for which he is most renowned. At this time he established his own workshops in Fulham for large-scale machine production of metalwork. He remained active until 1920. His first showroom was in Camden Hill Square. In 1887 he moved to 82 New Bond Street.
See Haslam & Whiteway, ‘W.A.S. Benson Metalwork’, exhibition catalogue, Michael Whiteway in association with Paul Reeves, Haslam & Whiteway, London 1981, with introduction by Michael Collins and I. Hamerton (ed.), ‘W.A.S. Benson. Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design’, Woodbridge 2005.

Maker:  WAS Benson

Designer:  WAS Benson

Date: 1910

Marks: WB, London, p

Material: Silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: Diameter 11.75 cm, height 6.25 cm

Weight: 140 grams, 4.9 oz

SKU: A1431-1 Category:

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