Newton School peacock wall light
A repousse brass wall light made by the Newton School of Metal Work, circa 1920.
This particular wall light is a variation of a design by George Tanner for a candle sconce with wrought iron fittings. The original design dates to 1899 but I suspect this was made later as it has been adapted for an electric light bulb and attached to a wooden back plate. The back plate has a chain attached to the reverse so the piece can be hung on the wall.
Peacocks were a favoured motif of many of the Arts and Crafts Movement designers and both John Williams and George Tanner used peacocks frequently in the designs they produced for the Newton School of Metal Work. The peacock is signed with the initials “J.F.” to one edge. This is likely to be Jimmy Fuller who was a prolific and talented repousse metalworker at the School around the 1920s.
This piece is well made and has a lovely patina. The electrical fittings will need to be checked and tested by a qualified electrician before use.
Dimensions: 18″ wide by 10″ high. The bulb holder projects 5″ from the back plate
Condition: Good. Lovely patina