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Stock ref: DS2132

Circa early 20th C

 

Size: 106.7(w) x 53.3(d) x 99.3(h)cm

£ 2,100

 

Stock ref: DS2069

Circa 1900-1929

Genuine A W Simpson of Kendal Arts and Crafts oak Serving Trolley. Of rectangular  two tier form standing on its original brass and rubber castors with a pull out partitioned drawer and swivelling extending top. Correct 'Handicrafts' label and stamped with the number 8960 stamped into the wood, dating the piece to either circa 1900, 1921 or 1929. Collectors will know that the codes were re-started each time they got to 10,000, so do repeat, making it difficult to date pieces exactly.

Presents in wonderful condition, the wood displaying a lovely dark oak colour which we've re-waxed. The inner drawer looks to have been recently been baize lined, and we've had to re-glue  a small section of the top edge upstand a showroom visitor broke whilst opening out the top incorrectly.

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.

Size: 40.5(w) x 61(d) x 74.5(h)closed. Top swivels  and opens to max 81 x 61 cm

£ 550

 

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.

£ 425

Stock ref: DS1934

Circa 1921/1925

A superb Arthur W. Simpson of Kendal Arts & Crafts  Oak Occasional Table of oval form with a lipped top, supported by four shaped legs joined by a lower shelf. Beautiful condition and colour, bearing the incised number 8865 and  The Handicrafts  ID disc to the underside, suggesting a manufacturing date of either 1921 or 1925. Privately sourced  from the Fylde area.

Size:65.5(w) x 43.2(d) x 62(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1603

Circa 1904 / 1931

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Chair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert.  The chair with a shaped single splatted back and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Stamped 9410 to the underside. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide with a particularly fine colour and patina.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 43(w) x 47(d) x 95.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1601

Circa 1904 / 1931

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Low Armchair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert. The chair with shaped arms, twin slatted chair back  and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Marked  9367 to the underside by hand. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide nicely coloured and patinated.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 54(w) x 56(d) x 86(h)cm, seat height 35cm.

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Stock ref: DS1602

Circa 1904 / 1930

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Chair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert. Wonderfully carved detailing to the chair back  and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Stamped 9229 to the underside. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide with a particularly fine colour and patina.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 43(w) x 47.5(d) x 90(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1605

Circa 1934

A genuine and highly usable example of a 5' Tall 6 Drawer Oak Chest from the Cumbrian Arts and Crafts furniture maker Arthur W Simpson of Kendal, and his son Hubert, who took over  the business from his father in 1922.  The design is typical of their later 20s and 30s work  and is a highly engineered piece of furniture. Each drawer section has its own full base secured to the framework, ensuring  both structural rigidity and considerable weight.  The drawers are all graduated and deep, ranging in depth from 14.8 to 22.6 cm, a look on the underside of the drawers confirms the use of the very finest cabinet making skills. Complemented by contrasting ebonised / dark stained wooden handles. Stamped to the rear with the the job/design number 9853, suggesting a manufacturing date of 1934, although collectors will know the marking system was not always consistent, if applied at all.

Lovely overall condition, although the right side panel  has suffered a heat shrinkage split, most likely caused by proximity to a heat source such as a radiator (shown in the image gallery below). The pricing below reflects this, however,  the usability and structural rigidity is not adversly affected in any way. Slight expected wear to the drawer handle finish.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 84(w) x  48(d) x 152.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1604

Circa 1918

Genuine A W Simpson of Kendal Arts and Crafts dished oak 'Easy Stool' with webbed leather seat held in place with domed upholstery studs. Four square corner legs each tapering to an octagonal foot. Correct 'Handicrafts' label to the underside with the number 4671 stamped into the wood, dating the piece to about 1918.

Presents in excellent solid condition, the oak displaying a lovely aged and waxed patina. As is usual, the original leather may well have been replaced in the past is in  very good condition with no splits or tears.

Known to be originally from the estate of Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite,Nr kendal, hence to her sister (Hebert Simpson's neighbour) and descendants.

Size: 40.5(w) x 30.5(d) x 25.5(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.

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Stock ref: DS1341

Circa 1920s/30s

Genuine A W Simpson rectangular oak and lattice leather topped 'Easy Stool'. The webbed leather seating is held in place by upholstery studs. Four square corner legs each tapering to an octagonal foot. Correct painted brass label to the underside, although there is no visible job or patent registration number.

Lovely condition, the oak has a lovely aged and waxed patina and all the joints are sound.  There's evidence of a minor wood repair in the past to the inside edge of the underside (visible in the image gallery below) and the original leather has been replaced in the past  with a good quality thick hide which is in excellent condition.

Size: 40.5(w) x 30.5(d) x 30.5(h) cm.

For those interested in learning more about his life and work I can highly recommend the following two books:
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.  (Author of Stanley Webb Davies) 

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