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Robin Nance of St Ives, an elm, two-door, two drawer sideboard

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Robin Nance of St Ives An elm, two-door, two drawer sideboard with exposed dovetail, dowel and tenon construction throughout, chamfering to the door panel frames, faceted edges to the drawer fronts and to the central support, on chamfered sledger feet, characteristic rounded dovetails to the top, panelled back, by Robin Nance of St Ives, stamped and monogrammed (seagull motif), circa 1950, 87cm (34in) high, 107cm (42in) wide, 42cm (16.5in) deep. 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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