An oak, Arts & Crafts, dresser designed by Edgar Wood, with three shelves supported on moulded, stepped sides, the reeded, plank construction back with shallow carved stylised tulips, over two drawers with hand-cut dovetails, with steel ring handles set on rectangular back plates, over a two door cupboard with reeded, plank construction doors with shaped steel escutcheons and strong, strap hinges, on short, flared feet, circa 1900, 192cm (75.5in) high, 183cm (72in) wide, 68.5cm (27in) deep
Edgar Wood (1860 - 1935) was a prominent member of the Arts & Crafts Movement, occasionally exhibiting in London's New Gallery. Along with Walter Crane, he was a founder member of the Northern Art Workers Guild in 1896, becoming master of the guild in 1897. The guild organised exhibitions in 1898 and 1903. He was a very respected English Architect of his generation, moving with the times from Arts & Crafts to Art Deco - a pioneer of flat roofed modernist buildings. An unnamed critic, reviewing the Northern Arts & Crafts Exhibition of 1903, wrote, with reference to Edgar Wood exhibits, that it was the view of more than a few that the architect should dictate the designs of the goods within the house. This oak dresser was illustrated in an Edgar Wood design for an interior which is shown in the 1901 Studio, volume 21, on page 203.
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