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On display on Level 1


Great Britain 1864 – 1919




Sconce c.1904-06 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: metalwork, sconces, brass

Primary Insc: Incised, verso, 'WINMILL'
Dimensions: 24.6 h x 18.0 w x 9.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Restaurant funds 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.1812

An architect and furniture designer, Gimson began to make traditional chairs in 1890. In 1892, with cabinetmakers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley, Gimson moved to the Cotswolds area of England, the first of many craftsmen to move to this district. His buildings and furniture were unpretentious and refined interpretations of the Arts and Crafts style, their simple decoration emphasising joinery and construction. His designs for metalwork, as in this candle sconce, reveal his pleasure in the forms and patterns of the natural environment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design