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The Arts and Crafts Work Station

by Patrick Macnamara January 17, 2021

The Arts and Crafts Work Station

his was an exhibition held in  February & March 2020 entitled 'The Arts & Crafts Work Station' and which included desks, bureaux, work stations and secretaire from 1875 to 1935 all smart to look at and perfect for today working with iPad, laptop or computer.

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s7091G M Ellwood for J S Henry A mahogany, Arts & Crafts, secretaire cabinet, two doors, each with panel inlaid with ebony and stained fruit wood design of a stylised tree, brass faceted drop handles with hammered, shield back-plates, shaped cornice, square section legs joined by stretcher shelf, the interior, large, brass faceted drop handle with hammered shield back-plate to the fall front, baize lined, writing surface, symmetrical arrangement of pigeon-holes, designed by G M Ellwood, made by J S Henry, circa 1905, 147.5cm (58in) high, 91cm (36in) max wide, 38cm (15in) max deep.
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s7063 An oak, Cotswold School, writing table, two short drawers with brass drop-ring handles, exposed dovetail construction to the top, chamfered edges throughout, circa 1920, 71cm (28in) high, 91cm (36in) wide, 39cm (15.5in) deep.
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s6961 The best quality quarter-sawn oak freestanding knee-hole desk, moulded edge to the top, one long drawer between pedestals each with a cupboard with inset panelled door and three graduated drawers under a slide, wrought iron acorn drop handles and escutcheons, on tapering legs on swelled feet, two hand-carved Tudor Rose roundels to each end board, the entire frame with ebony and ivory inlays in dot, square and band patterns, fine London lapped dovetail construction to the drawers, circa 1900, 74cm (29in) high, 137cm (54in) wide, 75cm (29.5in) deep attributed to Arthur Simpson (1857 – 1922) who was first apprenticed to a Kendal cabinet maker, then Gillow’s of Lancaster as “Architectural and General Wood Carver”. He returned to Kendal in 1885, opened his own workshop, employing several workers, and in 1889 was showing in the London Arts & Crafts Society Exhibition. His Lake District house was designed, in 1908, by C F A Voysey. Our attribution is based on the high quality of the timber chosen, the cabinet making and the signature quality of the carving of the roundels, also the metalwork suggests Nelson Dawson (1859 - 1941) a fellow Quaker, a member of the Art Workers' Guild and, in 1901, a founder of the Artificers' Guild, who supplied iron work for Simpson. We thank Hugh Wright (Author : The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal' Bookcase ISBN 9781904147626) for his help in cataloguing this item.
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s7075 Gordon Russell A mahogany, Arts & Crafts, hall / side table, bow fronted, cross-banding to the top, two short drawers with hand-cut dovetails, with metal drop-ring handles, on tapering, square section supports, 'H' stretcher with subtle moulding to the side elements, by Russell of Broadway, circa 1950, 76cm (30in) high, 91cm (36in) wide, 35cm (14in) max deep. The drop-ring handles are as those on the 'Helix' sideboard first shown at The Festival of Britain, 1951.
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s6939 Heal's An oak, free-standing pedestal desk, chamfered supports, panelled and applied moulding construction to the frame, chamfered and moulded edged top, with one long drawer between three graduated drawers with chamfered drawer fronts, square stepped handles, by Heal's, circa 1925, 76cm (30in) high, 120cm (48in) wide, 66cm (26in) deep.
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s7086 Attrib. to Frank Brangwyn  A walnut, Arts & Crafts writing table, the top of fine, diamond matched veneer with inlaid ebony banding, carved and ebonised wave pattern to the edge, bevelled top to the chamfered support and legs, one mahogany lined, short drawer with turned ebony handle with chip-carved back plate, circa 1935, 76cm (30in) high, 66cm (26in) deep, 106cm (42in) wide. Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956) painter, muralist and printer was commissioned to design a range of furniture by E Pollard & Co in 1930.
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srhs02 Peter Waals After Gimson Designs A Cotswold quarter-sawn oak desk with four faceted graduated drawers each side of a central drawer, all with carved 'nip' handles within oval scalloped dish, with double fluted chip carving to the frame on the front and carved chamfered frame to the faceted sides, with exposed through tenons to the stretchers of the base and panelled back, the top with lozenge carving to the edges and exposed wedge tenon construction, circa 1930, 77cm (30.5in) high, 145cm (57in) wide, 61cm (24in) deep.
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s6056 A quarter sawn oak Cotswold style free-standing partners' library table with fielded panels to the sides and drawer fronts, rebate edge to the top, on moulded chamfered legs, sledge base, centre stretcher, turned handles and tooled leather top, by Heal's, circa 1925, 79cm (31in) high, 152cm (60in) long, 91cm (36in) wide. Ambrose Heal made this design in 1909 as a one-off piece in walnut with ebony, boxwood and mother of pearl inlay and drop handles, for his own home. On his death in 1959 that table was bequeathed to the V&A. See Oliver Heal : Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory, pp 23, 190 - 192.
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s7113 The Lebus Desk An oak, Arts & Crafts, bureau bookcase, overhanging cornice and shaped side supports, two arched and lattice glazed doors, adjustable shelves, tambour, roll top bureau with fitted interior of pigeon holes and drawers and secret pen trays, two short drawers over recessed panelled, two door cupboard, repoussed, bronzed handles, escutcheon cast in relief "The Lebus Desk", circa 1900. 202cm (80in) high, 85cm (33.5in) wide, 61cm (24in) deep. Harris Lebus was established in 1857 in Tabernacle Street, in London's East End. The main factory was in Tottenham.
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s7118 Vienna Secession An oak, Austrian, Arts & Crafts, Secessionist knee-hole desk, reeded decoration and inset panels with a  gallery of four short drawers over recesses, central recess with shaped frame, inset leather to overhanging desk top, three short drawers over the panelled door pedestals, brass drop-ring handles, brass back plates and escutcheons with reeding, the right hand pedestal fitted with three trays, circa 1910, 122cm (48in) high, 135cm (55in) max wide, 80cm (31.5in) deep.
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s4145 A solid walnut Cotswold Style draftsman's bureau bookcase having ebony and holly stringing throughout, the lower section with slide and drawer above raised fielded panel doors, the fall and sides with raised fielded panels and the interior with two raised fielded panel doors and four drawers, the upper section with diamond astragal glazed doors and the whole standing on shaped sledge feet, in the manner of Gimson, continental, circa 1930.84.5in 215cm high, 43.25in 110cm wide and 25in 63.5cm deep. 
Mary Greensted points out in ‘Gimson and the Barnsleys’ page  185 that “Gimson and the Barnsleys probably received more recognition as furniture designers on the continent than in Britain during their own lifetimes.” 
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s7114 Heal's An oak occasional chair, chamfering to the frame and to the curved lattice construction, shaped top rail and front support, splayed and tapering legs, re-rushed drop-in seat, by Heal's, labelled, circa 1930,
76cm (30in) high, 60cm (24in) max wide.
Illustrated in Heal's General Catalogue, 171st edition (1934) p.40.
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s6825 A teak corner writing table / desk, one drawer with rosewood front, brass handles and beading, turned legs with brass sabots, studded turquoise leather top, attributed to Gordon Russell, circa 1960, 76cm (30in) max high, 117cm (46in) max wide, 45cm (18in) deep
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srtk01 Vienna Secession An oak, Austrian, Arts & Crafts, Secessionist knee-hole desk, reeded decoration and inset panels with a  gallery of four short drawers over recesses, central recess with shaped frame, inset leather to overhanging desk top, three short drawers over the panelled door pedestals, brass drop-ring handles, brass back plates and escutcheons with reeding, the right hand pedestal fitted with three trays, circa 1910, 122cm (48in) high, 135cm (55in) max wide, 80cm (31.5in) deep.
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Patrick Macnamara
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