The furniture designs of C.F.A. Voysey, part 2: 1898-1906

Peart, Tony ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) The furniture designs of C.F.A. Voysey, part 2: 1898-1906. The Orchard, 6 . pp. 3-15.

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William Ward-Higgs (1866–1936) and Haydee Nathalie Becker (1870–1951) were married in 1894 and would soon lease a large stuccoed, terraced townhouse at 23 Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater, just a short walk from Kensington Gardens. William was a successful City solicitor and his wife Haydee the mother of two very young daughters. It is likely the Ward-Higgs were introduced to Voysey by family friend William Harold Tingey [1] (1868–1917) who had trained as a barrister. They were evidently a couple of advanced, "artistic" tastes who were also confident to publicly express their individuality as, in early 1898, they commissioned Voysey to not only decorate and furnish certain rooms of their townhouse but also the exterior, street elevation. This was duly painted a vivid red to first-floor level and a large Voysey designed, heart-shaped letter box was installed to the white, enamelled front door. The Ward-Higgs commission finally offered Voysey the opportunity to design a wide range of standard, moveable furniture types such as: chairs; tables; cabinets and dressers to furnish his remodelled interiors which featured fitted furniture (fireplaces, bookcases, cupboards etc.) and, of course, Voysey designed wall coverings and textiles.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Orchard
Publisher: The C.F.A. Voysey Society
ISSN: 2050-2400
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Graphics and Photography
Additional Information: This is the second of three papers exploring the furniture designs of the influential Arts & Crafts Movement architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941). This paper explores the years 1896 to 1906, when Voysey matured into a consummate, furniture designer creating austere, refined and deceptively simple furniture that foreshadows much of the modern movement.
Depositing User: Tony Peart
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 10:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 18:45


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