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Ambrose Heal, Gordon Russell & John Allen

by Derek Rothera July 12, 2019

Ambrose Heal, Gordon Russell & John Allen

Some early AMBROSE HEAL, some bespoke GORDON RUSSELL and JOHN ALLEN carpets
a selling exhibition
05 March to 07 April 2019

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm,
Sunday 12 to 5pm
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Artists in alphabetical order
 
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s6912 Bespoke Gordon Russell A brown oak, breakfront, compendium wardrobe, central section of cupboard, door with octagonal raised fielded and moulded panel on rectangular raised fielded and moulded panel within chamfered frame of exposed dovetail construction, inset bog oak escutcheon, over four drawers, cedar lined, each with craved bog oak 'nip' handle, either side a hanging wardrobe, each door with four inset panels within chamfered frame of exposed dowel construction, inset bog oak escutcheons, carved bog oak 'nip' handles, hand-cut hinges, cedar panelled backs to each section, inside right hand wardrobe original bevelled glass long mirror within faceted frame, on eight leg plinth, stepped and moulded edge to front and sides, shaped central section, exposed dowel construction, eight-sided supports then forming eight-sided, tapering feet, chamfering to the aprons, with "The Russell Workshops, Broadway, Worcs" paper label to back, inscribed " This piece of furniture ... was made throughout in The Russell Workshops, Broadway, Worcestershire, Designer: Gordon Russell Foreman: Edgar Turner Cabinet Maker: C Turner  Date 1/11/28)" , 181cm (71in) high, 181cm (71in) max wide, 56.5cm (22.5in) deep.
s6913 Early Ambrose Heal An oak wardrobe, shaped sides to the gallery, one door with shaped, fielded panel, exposed dowel construction, patinated and repoussé hinges ending in heart shapes, patinated escutcheons and drop handle, panelled back, segmented arch apron, designed by Ambrose Heal, no. 240 in Heal's archive, in 1898. 166cm (65.5in) max high, 108cm (41.5in) wide, 46cm (18in) deep. The segmented arch apron first appears on this design and became a typical feature of Ambrose Heal's work. See: Oliver S Heal "Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897 - 1939" p.153
Mountain Stupa from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
 
srmc02 Gordon Russell A quarter sawn oak Cotswold single wardrobe, octagonal stiles, exposed dowel construction, chamfering to the frame and to the frames of the fielded panels to the sides, the door outlined in walnut and holly cock beading with nine fielded panels within chamfered frames, two horizontal carved 'nip' handles, designed by Gordon Russell, circa 1920, 183cm (72in) high, 84cm (33in) wide, 46cm (18in) deep
 
srmc01 Gordon Russell A quarter sawn oak Cotswold 'Stow' chest of two short over two graduated drawers, hexagonal faceted stiles, chamfering to the up-stand and to the frame, exposed dowel and, to the back, wedged tenon construction, dark oak carved 'nip' handles.The 'Stow' range, design number 103, designed by Gordon Russell in 1920, 91.5cm (36in) max high, 100cm (39.in) wide, 51cm (20in) deep
s1676 Gordon Russell An oak Cotswold bedside cupboard, hexagonal faceted up-rights, exposed dowel construction, chamfering to the frame, cupboard door with chamfered panel and carved 'nip' handle, hand forged brass hinges, panelled back, from the 'Stow' range, design number 103, designed by Gordon Russell in 1926, 76cm (30in) high, 53cm (21in) wide, 47cm (18.5in) deep

srvw01 A limed oak corner, pedestal desk, stepped plinth top, central drawer between two short drawers and one cupboard to each pedestal, drawer and door front, with ??? See M Linane turned dark oak handles, by Heal's, labelled, circa 1930, 77cm (30.5in) max high, 88cm (34.5in) long from corner
Falling Leaves from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets of British landscapes designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
 
s6235 Gordon Russell A sweet chestnut Cotswold small chest of three drawers with carved bog oak handles, labelled "The Russell Workshop Ltd, Broadway, Worcestershire", circa 1925, 76cm (30in) high, 76cm (30in) wide, 52cm (21in) deep.
 
srml87 Heal's An oak dresser, one shelf with a gallery, over two drawers over two cupboards, panelled construction to the sides and to the doors, turned wood handles, by Heal & Son, Tottenham Court Road, circa 1925, 140cm (55in) high, 122cm (48in) wide, 51cm (20in) deep
srmhu01 Ambrose Heal A set of eight oak dining chairs, six sides, two carvers, the back with shaped top rail and slats, moulded edge to seat frames and to outside edge of front legs, carvers with shaped arms and supports, drop-in seats upholstered in linen, by Heal's and Son, Tottenham Court Road, circa 1925, 102cm (40in) high (carvers), 48cm (19in) seat high
srjb01 Ambrose Heal An unusual oak ‘Letchworth’ dresser with lattice plate rack with shaped top rail above two short drawers over one long drawer over two planked doors all with turned wooden handles, Heal & Son, Tottenham Court Road, circa 1905. Ambrose Heal furnished the show cottage for the new garden city of Letchworth in 1905 with this design of sideboard and en suite table and chairs, 170cm (67in) high, 122cm (48in) wide and 47cm (18.5in) deep. See Sir Ambrose Heal & the Heal Cabinet Factory, 1897 - 1939 by Oliver Heal, page 186 for anotherversion of this design. Exhibited 2017 - 2018 at William Morris &
The Arts & Crafts Movement Exhibition in Madrid and Barcelona; see catalogue p349 ill. no. 181
River Gorge from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Silent Mountain from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
 
s6929 Arthur Romney Green (1872 - 1945) An oak Cotswold open bookcase and cupboard, exposed 'nail-head' proud dovetail and through tenon construction, three fixed shelves within a frame with chip carving to the supports, over two cupboards with double doors of tongue and groove construction with reeded moulding, each pair of doors with a large, sliding, 'gate-latch', carved handle, on three sledge feet, by Romney Green, circa 1910, 154cm (60.5in) high, 138cm (54in) wide, 51cm (20in) deep
 
Celestial Personage  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s
Ambrose Heal An unpolished sweet chestnut Arts & Craftsbdroom suite designed by Ambrose Heal in 1903, consisting of:
A wardrobe, two doors with framed, flush panels and recessed, wooden turn buckle latch handles over one long drawer of fine, hand-cut, 'London lapped' dovetail construction, raised, stepped, fielded panel front and recessed, squashed heart handles, inside right hand door original long mirror with faceted frame, tongue and groove construction to the back, stamped '483', plinth base,  190cm (75in) high, 113cm (44.5in) max wide, 53cm (21in) deep.
A chest of drawers, exposed dovetails to the moulded and stepped top, four graduated long drawers of fine, hand-cut, 'London lapped' dovetail construction, each with raised, stepped, fielded panel fronts and recessed squashed heart handles, arched sides and apron, tongue and groove construction to the back, stamped '178', 93cm (36.5in) high, 91cm (36in) wide, 50cm (19.5in) deep
A dressing table, adjustable circular looking-glass within arched support, exposed dovetails, open recess between two short drawers with inset squashed heart handles, moulded edge to the table top, two short drawers over one long drawer, each with fine, hand-cut, 'London lapped' dovetail construction, raised, stepped, fielded panel fronts and recessed squashed heart handles, stamped '173' to back, 152cm (60in) high, 107cm (42in) max wide, 50cm (19.5in) deep.
See: Oliver S Heal "Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897 - 1939" p.165
s6924 Early Ambrose Heal A stained spruce single wardrobe, arched gallery, plank construction with shaped base, door of tongue and groove construction, metal strap hinges, turned handle of ebonised oak, plaque for 'Heal & Son, Makers of Bedroom Furniture, London W', designed by Ambrose Heal in 1905, 178cm (70in) max high, 76cm (30in) wide, 38cm (15in) deep. The '431' bedroom suite was for servants' rooms, see Oliver S Heal 'Sir Ambrose Heal & the Heal Cabinet Factory, 1897 - 1939' p. 237.
Kathmandu Stupa from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Mountain Butterfly  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
    
s6930 Heal & Son A satinwood, Modernist, three drawer, side table, stepped end supports, sledge feet and through tenon stretcher, chrome handles, labelled, circa 1930, 75cm (29.5in) high, 92cm (36in) wide, 51cm (20in) deep.
   
s6906 Ambrose Heal An oak Arts & Crafts dresser, angled cornice, one long shelf and two short shelves between cupboards with panelled doors, over two drawers, over two cupboards with door of cross-banding, flush panel construction, on square section and then turned baluster legs, with low stretchers. The drawers and cupboards have drop-ring handles and strap hinges with heart-shaped ends of hammered steel. Designed by Ambrose Heal circa 1905, 192cm (75.5in) high, 156cm (61.5in) max wide, 56cm (22in) deep. The metalwork on this dresser is that first used on the St Ives range of bedroom furniture in 1897 and made by The Guild of Handicraft.
Complex Mountain  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Stupa with Flags from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
s6905 Heals Modernism A pair of oak reclining arm chairs with hinged and adjustable solid board seat and back within chamfered frame, bent wood arms and with pockets to each side for magazines, with cushions, by Heal's, circa 1930, 76cm (30in) high, 62cm (24.5in) wide, 84cm (33.5in) deep. The feather filled cushions are original and, at present, have '70's 'oatmeal. '50's 'check' and '30's 'home-spun' fabric covers.
  
s6903 Early, bespoke, Gordon Russell An oak Cotswold School dining table with two tops, twin, octagonal faceted column end supports on chamfered, sledge feet, exposed wedged tenon and through dowel construction, chamfered stretcher. The fixed top, with chamfered edge and canted corners is 137cm (54in) x 73.5cm (29in), the additional top, of wide plank construction and, again, chamfered edge and canted corners and with 'button' locks to the underside, is 168cm (66in) x 104cm (41in), with 'The Russell Workshops Broadway Worcs' paper label inscribed "This piece of furniture Design no. 318 was made throughout the Russell Workshops Broadway Worcs Designer : Gordon Russell Foreman: Edgar Turner Cabinet Maker: L Keyte Metal Worker:- Timber Used: English Oak Date: 16/1/29", 71cm (28in) high
s6877 Early Ambrose Heal An oak Arts & Crafts circular dining table, chamfering to the apron, square section and chamfered legs, cross-frame stretcher centred with a parquetry panel, by Heal's, embossed brass label to underside of top, circa 1898, 74cm (29.5in) high, 122cm (48in) diameter.
                                                                   
  
s6808 Ambrose Heal An oak open bookcase, four graduated in depth, fixed shelves, sides with distinctive arch top and shaped feet, tongue and groove panelled back, labelled, circa 1910, 120cm (47in) high, 122cm (48in) wide, 33cm (13in) max deep. Designed by Ambrose Heal in 1907 (design no. 204) for the Cottage Furniture range, in 1907, see: Oliver S Heal : Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897-1939, p.191.
s6708 Ambrose Heal An oak, 7 foot long, refectory table on chamfered columns with brackets to the base and top of the supports and with wide, floor level stretcher, designed by Ambrose Heal 1912, design No. 14, circa 1920, 76cm (30in) high, 90cm (35.5in) wide, 213.5cm (84in) long. First designed and made in 1912, shown in the Arts & Crafts Exhibition that year, in Ghent the following year and again at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition in 1916. See: Oliver S Heal : Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897 - 1939, pp 184, 185.
River with Terraces  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Ambrose Heal A rare 8 foot long, oak refectory table on chamfered columns with brackets to the base and top of the supports and with wide, floor level stretcher, designed by Ambrose Heal 1912, design No. 14, circa 1920, labelled, 75cm (29.75in) high, 84cm (33in) wide, 244.5cm (96.25in) long, top 4.5cm (1.75in) thick. First designed and made in 1912, shown in the Arts & Crafts Exhibition that year, in Ghent the following year and again at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition in 1916. See: Oliver S Heal : Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897 - 1939, pp 184, 185.
s6793 Heal's A walnut free-standing knee-hole desk, one long drawer between pedestals of four graduated drawers, extremely fine hand-cut dovetails, mahogany linings to the drawers, matched, feathered figuring to the drawer fronts, hexagonal, faceted and tapering supports, three-section leather inset top, chrome handles, Heal's inset label, circa 1930, 77cm (30.5in) high, 122cm (48in) wide, 68.5cm (27in) deep, kneehole : 63.5cm (25in) high, 53cm (21in) wide.
Rainbow Triptych Oriental Trees  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
srafml01 Ernest Gimson (1864 - 1919) A very fine, oak, Cotswold School dining table, moulded edge to table top, chamfered apron with bracket supports, dowel construction, octagonal faceted and square section legs joined by faceted chamfered and carved hay-rake and wishbone stretcher of dowel and through tenon construction, designed by Ernest Gimson, made at his Sapperton Workshop, circa 1910, 74cm (29in) high, 145cm (58.5in) long, 80cm (31.5in) wide. There is a design, dated Oct.16.1908 for a similar table in the Gimson archive in Cheltenham Art Gallery Museum. The top of this table is made out of two 16" wide boards which suggests an early piece from the Sapperton Workshop. Tables made after 1920 have narrower boards.
                                                           
                 s6769 A limed oak three tier octagonal book / coffee table with eight chamfered legs and with chip carving to the top, designed by Ambrose Heal, circa 1910, 62cm (24in) high, 62cm (24in) wide, 62cm (24in) deep. Illustrated page 83 History of Heal's by Susanna Goodden
One Tree Hill various colourways  from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
 
Oriental Tree from  a limited edition series of hand spun, dyed and woven carpets designed by John Allen FRCA who designed  fabrics for Heals in the 1960’s and 70’s.
          



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