Displaying items by tag: Cotswold School

Stock ref: DS2180


A wonderful statement pair of bespoke commissioned large oak Candlesticks. Each on an octagonal base with tapering square section column featuring Stanley Webb Davies style thumbnal decorative carving, octagonal top anda brass candle holder / drip tray. Wonderful original condition, just clear re-waxed to remove very minor splash marks.

Excellent provenance : Designed by Peter Jackson, made by Thompson & Jackson of Lancaster and Gary Jackson of Cabus Works, Garstang. Commissioned for Christ Church, Morecambe to match its existing interior fitted out by Stanley Webb Davies in the early / mid 1950s. Full details and images of the Candlesticks in use can be found on pages 68-70 of Hugh Wright's authoritative book  Stanley Webb Davies(1894-1978), Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker.

Size: 25(dia) x 97(h)cm each

£ 850 pair 8/9/21, originally £ 1,100

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Stock ref: DS2659

Circa 1970s/80s

An excellent solid oak Arts  & Crafts  Oak Magazine Rack,  in the Cotswold School tradition with  visible wedged tennon joints on both ends, slatted sides either side of a central divide and carrying handle. There's also additional lower storage on one side, beneath the magazine section. The maker is unidentified but this is clearly a high quality handcrafted piece.

Excellent clean and waxed condition.




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Stock ref: DS2215


A superbly made  English Oak Open Bookcase, bespoke made for personal use by the ex Mouseman and later Edward Barnsley trained craftsman, Keith L Moorey (1930-2019). Of  tall open fronted waterfall style it displays all the high quality Yorkshire and Cotswold School design and construction features acquired by Keith during his time working at Robert Thompson's 1947-1960, before embarking on a furniture course under the tutelage of the renowned Cotswold School maker Edward Barnsley. The sides  and front facing edges, including the shelves, are adzed in typical Mouseman style with detailed chamfers to the side edges. The upper section with two adjustable shelves,  a fixed shelf in the middle with one lower adjustable shelf. Panelled and pegged rear with raised upstand along the rear of the top. As is typical of pieces for his own personal use, it is unsigned.

Wonderful professionally re-finished lighter golden oak colour, excellent condition with very slight expected colour fade where books have been in place for an extended period. 

The piece was in Keith's personal ownership until his recent death in 2019.

Size: 95.5(w) x 33(sd) x 160.5(h)cm


Stock ref: DS2120

Circa 1920 -1936

An excellent high quality walnut Standard lamp from the renowned 'Cotswold School' Arts and Crafts maker Peter Waals. Features an octagonal curved and stepped base,  standing on eight shaped feet with a central inset lead plate. The rising central octagonal stem tapers to a carved and detailed octagonally carved bulb holding plate. Beatiful condition, re-waxed and re-wired with new 3 core period style braided lighting flex which complies with current electrical safety standards.

Excellent provenance: from Mrs Crowther, nee Goddard (daughter of Josepth Goddard), and hence by family decent. The Goddard family of Leicester where chemists who patented mercury free silver and brass polishes, building a large business whose brand name is still synonymous with metal polishes today. They were big supporters of the Arts and Crafts movement and where major clients of Ernest Gimson. Peter Waals ( 1870-1937) was Gimson's foreman and master cabinet maker before setting up on his own in Chalford, Gloucestershire following Gimson's death in 1919. In the period 1920-1936 he produced furniture for many of the leading industrial families including the Pilkington's and Cadbury's earning a reputation for designing and producing furniture of the highest quality which is still keenly sought after.

Size: 32.5(dia) x 139.5(h)cm excl bulb fitting.


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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.


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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.

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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)


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