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An elm Cotswold dining table,

The Millinery Works


An elm Cotswold dining table, the top of flush panel and exposed dovetail construction, on tapering supports with rosewood edges, joined with a shaped, pegged, through stretcher, chamfered sledge feet, made by Robin Nance of St Ives circa 1950, 70cm (27.5in) high, 152.5cm (60in) long, 69cm (27in) wide.

Robin Nance (1907 - 1990) was apprenticed to Arthur Romney Green, returning to his home town of St Ives, Cornwall, and opening his own workshop in 1933. This was suspended during the war, re-opening in 1946 with his brother, Dicon, as a gallery / workshop on the quayside. Dicon designed a pottery wheel for Bernard Leach and the furniture workshop made picture frames for Ben Nicholson and other St Ives artists and sculpture bases for Barbara Hepworth. Nance Furniture was shown at the Festival of Britain, 1951, Red Rose Guild of Craftsmen, 1950 and sold through The Craft Centre in The Haymarket. The business was closed in 1972.

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