Stock ref: DS2070
Circa 1900 or 1920
Genuine A W Simpson of Kendal Arts and Crafts dished oak ‘Easy Stool’ with woven leather seat held in place with upholstery studs. Four square corner legs each tapering to an octagonal foot. Correct ‘Handicrafts’ label to the underside with the number 7118 stamped into the wood, dating the piece to either circa 1900 or 1920. Collectors will know that the job codes were re-started each time they got to 10,000, so do repeat, making it difficult to date exactly.
Presents in excellent solid condition, the wood displaying a lovely rich aged and waxed patina. Unusually, the leather looks to be original, a central stap has torn in the past and been repaired with a bridging leather patch visible on the underside.
Size: 40.5(w) x 30(d) x 31(h)cm
For those interested in learning more about his life and work i can highly recommend the following publications:
The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885-1952 by Eleanor Davidson, published 1978.
The Beautiful Furniture of the Simpsons of Kendal by Hugh Wright, published 2011.