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Auction archive: Lot number 29

HALSEY RICARDO (1854-1928) (DESIGNER) THE BIRMINGHAM GUILD OF HANDICRAFT LTD (MAKER) PAIR OF DOUBLE WALL LIGHTS, CIRCA 1906-1907

DESIGN Since 1860
11 Oct 2023
Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,434 - US$3,651
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 29

HALSEY RICARDO (1854-1928) (DESIGNER) THE BIRMINGHAM GUILD OF HANDICRAFT LTD (MAKER) PAIR OF DOUBLE WALL LIGHTS, CIRCA 1906-1907

DESIGN Since 1860
11 Oct 2023
Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,434 - US$3,651
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

24-carat gold-plated brass, gold foil enamel and original opalescent glass shades (2) 35.5cm wide, 30.5cm high, 19cm deep Provenance: Supplied to Sir Ernest Debenham for Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London, removed circa 1960 Phillips Auctioneers lots 148, 149, 150, 30th March 1993 Haslam & Whiteway, London one pair British Art Market 2014 Paul Shutler Literature: The Architectural Review, An Essay in Colour Architecture, March 1907 Country Life, Madge Garland, 8 Addison Road, Kensington - The Town Houses of Halsey Ricardo - II, 20th November 1975 Note: Sir Ernest Debenham (1865-1952) of the Debenham department store family, commissioned the architect and designer Halsey Ricardo to build him a house at 8 Addison Road in 1906. This house came to be known as Debenham House or, on occasion, The Peacock House. Halsey Ralph Ricardo established his architectural practice in 1878 but also worked in partnership with William De Morgan (1839-1917) designing ceramics. He advocated the use of architectural glazed tiles to resist the pollution of 19th century London. Debenham House is a striking example of this practice. Ricardo clad the external walls with glazed Burmantofts tiles in bands of peacock greens and blues. He fitted the four reception rooms, seventeen bedrooms and six bathrooms, all with De Morgan tiled fire surrounds (with no two alike) and with De Morgan pictorial panels throughout the building. In addition to this, he used various marbles and architectural elements clad with Doulton 'Carrara ware' tiles. Described as the last flourish of the Arts & Crafts movement, the house features plaster friezes by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919), stained glass by Edward Prior (1852-1932) and a mosaic designed by George Jack (1855-1931). Along with the exterior gates and railings, the interior door furniture, including the handles, finger plates, bell-pushes and light fittings were all designed and made under the supervision of Ricardo by the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. It would have been inappropriate for Ricardo to use any other firm for this commission as Debenham's father-in-law was Birmingham MP William Kenrick (1831-1919), chief shareholder and director of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, and his brother-in-law was the Guild's managing director, Claude Napier-Clavering (1869-1938). These lights are one of the original three pairs designed specifically for the main hall, they feature butterflies circling a single rose before ivy leaves, a theme repeated throughout the building.

Auction archive: Lot number 29
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Lyon & Turnbull
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3RR
United Kingdom
info@lyonandturnbull.com
+44 (0)131 5578844
Beschreibung:

24-carat gold-plated brass, gold foil enamel and original opalescent glass shades (2) 35.5cm wide, 30.5cm high, 19cm deep Provenance: Supplied to Sir Ernest Debenham for Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London, removed circa 1960 Phillips Auctioneers lots 148, 149, 150, 30th March 1993 Haslam & Whiteway, London one pair British Art Market 2014 Paul Shutler Literature: The Architectural Review, An Essay in Colour Architecture, March 1907 Country Life, Madge Garland, 8 Addison Road, Kensington - The Town Houses of Halsey Ricardo - II, 20th November 1975 Note: Sir Ernest Debenham (1865-1952) of the Debenham department store family, commissioned the architect and designer Halsey Ricardo to build him a house at 8 Addison Road in 1906. This house came to be known as Debenham House or, on occasion, The Peacock House. Halsey Ralph Ricardo established his architectural practice in 1878 but also worked in partnership with William De Morgan (1839-1917) designing ceramics. He advocated the use of architectural glazed tiles to resist the pollution of 19th century London. Debenham House is a striking example of this practice. Ricardo clad the external walls with glazed Burmantofts tiles in bands of peacock greens and blues. He fitted the four reception rooms, seventeen bedrooms and six bathrooms, all with De Morgan tiled fire surrounds (with no two alike) and with De Morgan pictorial panels throughout the building. In addition to this, he used various marbles and architectural elements clad with Doulton 'Carrara ware' tiles. Described as the last flourish of the Arts & Crafts movement, the house features plaster friezes by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919), stained glass by Edward Prior (1852-1932) and a mosaic designed by George Jack (1855-1931). Along with the exterior gates and railings, the interior door furniture, including the handles, finger plates, bell-pushes and light fittings were all designed and made under the supervision of Ricardo by the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. It would have been inappropriate for Ricardo to use any other firm for this commission as Debenham's father-in-law was Birmingham MP William Kenrick (1831-1919), chief shareholder and director of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, and his brother-in-law was the Guild's managing director, Claude Napier-Clavering (1869-1938). These lights are one of the original three pairs designed specifically for the main hall, they feature butterflies circling a single rose before ivy leaves, a theme repeated throughout the building.

Auction archive: Lot number 29
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Lyon & Turnbull
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3RR
United Kingdom
info@lyonandturnbull.com
+44 (0)131 5578844
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