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Arthur Romney Green An imposing, oak, Cotswold School glazed bookcase, hand carved frieze of interlocking half diamonds to the cornice, exposed wedged tenon construction to the frame, a symmetrical arrangement of two short drawers and doors with square lattice glazing bars, adjustable shelves, on a plinth base with exposed dovetail construction, bracket feet and shaped side supports and four short drawers, fine 'London lapped' dovetail construction to all the drawers, bronzed, patinated vase drop handles with pierced and punched decoration to the back plates, by Arthur Romney Green, circa 1925, 214cm (84in) high, 188cm (74in) max wide, 33cm (13in) max deep.
Arthur Romney Green (1872 - 1945) trained in Chemistry and Physics at Mason College,Birmingham and taught in South Africa for three years where he started building boats and making furniture. Returning to the UK in 1900, he finally settled in Christchurch, Dorset, in 1919 and opened a workshop. Green was a published poet and social reformer; during the 1930's he ran workshops for the unemployed for the Rural Industries Bureau. He took on, as apprentices, boys with educational difficulties and, during the war, men who had been invalided out of the Armed Forces, many of whom went on to open their own workshops. Green's knowledge of geometry and mathematics often appear in his furniture designs, in this instance in the interlocking repeat element of the cornice.
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