William Arthur Smith Benson
Commode, ca. 1899
Mahogany, satinwood veneer, gilt brass, verde antico marble
Made by Morris and Co.
h. 111 cm - w. 135 cm - d. 56 cm
PROVENANCE : British private collection - Christie's, London, 3rd November 2015, lot 83 - Private collection, Essex, UK, acquired at the above sale, until 2019.
EXHIBITED : A similar commode was presented on the Morris and Co. stand at the Franco-British Exhibition, White City, London, 14th May - 31st October 1908.
LITERATURE : Morris & Company, Franco-British Exhibition Illustrated Review, London, 1908, pages 203-206 - Pauline Agius, British Furniture, 1880-1915, Woodbridge, 1978, plate 112 - Ian Hammerton, W.A.S. Benson, Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design, Woodbridge, 2005, page 170, plate 158 - John Andrews, Arts and Crafts Furniture, Woodbridge, 2005, plate 51.
NOTE : The leaf-design hinges on the bow-front doors were patented in 1899.