Pair of counter-balance candlesticks

  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and manufactured by W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924)

  • Detail

    Copper and brass

    30 cm (long) x 20.5 (overall width) cm

    English (London), circa 1900

  • Marked

    ‘B’ under each leaf

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Note

    This appears to be the only known ‘two-arm’ version of a familiar single-arm model; see Ian Hammerton, ed., W.A.S. Benson: Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern design, Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2005, Appendix 1A, pl. 23, no. 204.

    A  ‘double arm’ counter balance candlestick of a different design (Hammerton, op. cit., pl. 98, for the single arm version) is in an American private collection (acquired May 2004); see below.