A pair of painted bronze octagonal lamp posts, formerly at The Mansion House by The Cashmore Art Works, circa 1935
Lot 155
A pair of painted bronze octagonal lamp posts, formerly at The Mansion House by The Cashmore Art Works, circa 1935
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,484) inc. premium
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A pair of painted bronze octagonal lamp posts, formerly at The Mansion House by The Cashmore Art Works, circa 1935
The lanterns with City of London, thistle and dragon crests above lotus leaf cast galleries above opaque glass panelled sides each including a pair of opposing doors, headed by lambrequins, the faceted pillars with conforming castings and city of London shield crests alternating with scrolling leaf-cast corbels, the massive stepped plinths each with a further border of lotus leaf decoration, 117cm wide, 375cm high (46in wide, 148in high). (2)

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    Provenance:
    The Mansion House, City of London, installed 1935 and removed circa 1968. Originally a set of four lamp posts which sat between the six Corinthian columns on the portico. The four new lamps replaced the Victorian gas lamps that previously occupied the spaces. Since the removal of the lamps offered here the portico has not been lit with lamps between the columns. Acquired by the present owner in the late 1960s.


    Literature:
    The coloured design for the lamp posts offered here forms part of the documents held in the City of London Archive (COL/PL/02/M/003/e: Coloured drawing of a design for bronze standard lamps.) The design was accepted and signed off by the Town Clerk, 30 May 1935. The lamps appear in-situ in Edward Bawden's celebrated 1960 lino cut of The Mansion House, from Nine London Monuments (1960) The Common Council minutes the minutes of 30 May 1935 read, 'With reference to the lighting of the Portico at the Mansion House; recommending that the estimate of Cashmore Art Works to supply four large electric lamp standards and two small pedestals fittings in cast bronze for the Mansion House Portico for the sum of approximately £796 be accepted and that the committee be authorised to expend a sum not exceeding £40 in removing the old fittings and fixing the new and in respect of the necessary alterations to the wiring.' (COL/CC/04/01/109). The Mansion House was built between 1739 and 1752 in the Palladian style by the architect George Dance the Elder and was the residence of the Lord Mayor of London. Dance won the commission in competition with James Gibbs, Giacomo Leoni, Batty Langley and Isaac Ware. The Portico supports a pediment with a typanum sculpture by Sir Robert Taylor wit

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