Stock ref: DS1165


A wonderful example of Gordon Russell's early Arts and Crafts influenced design with excellent provenance, made in 1924 as part of a bespoke commission for Mr Harry S Fairhurst, F.R.I.B.A. of Cheshire, for his Anglesey home 'Seagarth' at Red Wharf Bay. A copy of the original invoice is enclosed as part of the sale, the item described on the invoice as an oak pedestal cupboard, M.11, costing £ 4-12-6d.

Square form in solid oak with a cedar cupboard back and base,  on four octagonally carved legs with a carved and chamfered X stretcher. Chamfered edges  and exposed dowel pinned joints. Lovely shaped oak cupboard door handle and brass hinge fittings. Very original with no significant staining and a lovely golden oak colour. All the joints are solid  with no evidence of any previous repairs, the only minor damage being  a natural wood split and slight chip losses visible in the top of the rear legs.

Being an important early commission for Gordon Russell the piece  is known to the Gordon Russell Museum.

Size: 34.5(w) x 34.5(d) x 76.5(h) cm

Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell (20/5/1892 - 7/10/1980). One of the leading designers and craftsmen of the 20th C. He came under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which characterises his early work, from 1904 when his father moved to Broadway in the Cotsolds to be hotelier at the Lygon Arms. He later set up business locally as a furniture designer and maker after WW1 service. His reputation grew  and in 1947 he became director of the Council of Industrial Design, later known as the Design Council, he was knighted for services to design in 1955.


Stock ref: DS1151

Circa 1940s /50s

A Cotswold School Arts and Crafts Oak Coffer / Storage Ottoman by Robin Nance of St. Ives, Cornwall. Golden oak colour, in exceptional condition inside and out, it features a three section canted hidden hinged lid, above a twin indented panel front with chamfered rails and muntins on tapered end panels. Typical Gimson and Barnsley inspired exposed  and wedged tennon joints. The piece is marked with Robin's name and trademark Seagull to the underside of the lid.

Size: 99(w) x 48.5(d) x 48(h) cm



Robin Nance (1907 - 1990) Like Stanley Webb davies he was apprenticed in 1924 to Arthur Romney Green and took inspiration from the traditions of the Arts and Crafts movement   before setting up business in his native St. Ives in 1933. Business was suspended  whilst he saw active service during the war years but was resumed with his younger brother Dicon after demobilisation. The business continued until his retirement in 1972.

Stock ref: DS1057

Circa early 20th C.

Unmarked but clearly beautifully made in the Gimson and Barnsley Cotswold style, to the very highest quality construction standards. Made in oak and oak veneer with distinctive scalloped edges and inset holly roundels. The quality and attention to detail is confirmed by the use of matched and mirrored oak veneer on the rear of the mirror.

In superb condition overall with good original glass and a lovely deep honey colour and patination, commensurate with its age and normal usage. A 1cm wide piece of veneer is missing on the outer edge (8 o’clock position), with minor veneer joint shrinkage at 2 points and minor wear to the lower rear edge where it has rubbed against a wall when hung.

Size: 15”(dia) x 1”(d) (38cm x 2.5cm)