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Important Peter Waals Cotswold School quarter-sawn oak wardrobe

The Millinery Works

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This Cotswold School excellent quality quarter-sawn oak wardrobe above two drawers with chamfered D handles is a superlative example of the work of Peter Waals. It has two doors each with 4 bowed chamfered cleats creating panels, a carved door latch, a chamfered 'nip' latch handle, a multi-chamfered, and triple chip carved closing beam and hand-cut hinges. The interior has a 7 shelf storage section along with a large hanging space both of which, along with the drawers, are cedar lined, the interiors of the doors are panelled. The whole is within a chamfered frame, on carved stepped sledge feet with exposed combed and toothed dovetails, exposed wedge tenons to the sides, exposed chamfered protruding tenons to the feet and a panelled back. The sides are each made of a single plank of oak  It is after a design by Ernest Gimson, designed and made by Peter Waals in his work shop in Chalford, Gloucester, circa 1923, see The Studio 1924 and Design & Industries Association Year Book 1923 - 1924 for similar. It measures 182cm (71.75in) high, 124.5cm (49in) wide, 63.5cm (25in) deep, cupboard internal depth 53.5cm (21in).


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