Displaying items by tag: Heal’s of London

Stock ref: DS2421

Circa 1900

An excellent example of a Sir Ambrose Heal designed Arts and Crafts Oak Wardrobe for Heal and Son. 4'6" wide, the detachable plain top with a castellated block cornice, quarter sawn panelled sides centered with a mirror door enclosing a hanging rail and hooks. A single drawer below, the whole piece complimented with wrought iron strap hinges, a latch to the door, the drawer with a heart shaped escutcheon and hoop handles. Original gilt oval metal label to the rear 'Heal & Son 196 Tottenham Ct Road London'.

A wonderful piece in super condition and colour with extensive use of the finest quality quarter sawn oak which displays the unique medullary ray graining. The base drawer has been screwed retrospectively to the top section for added stability, but we will remove the screws  to aid transport of the piece, minor edge usage knocks and the lower edge of the door is catching very slightly.

Excellent provenance:  The Estate of Fiona MacCarthy (1940-2020), married to the Sheffield based designer David Mellor (1930-2009)

Fiona's background as a journalist for House and Garden magazine and the Guardian lay the foundations for her extensive interest in the Arts and her seminal biographical works on William Morris, SR Ashbee, Eric Gill and Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus. She also curated many exhibitions most noatably ' Homespun to High-speed: British Design 1860-1960 at Sheffield Museums and  Art Galleries in1979, Eye for Industry: Retrospective of the Royal Designers' at the V 7 A Museum in 1986, and 'Anarchy and Beauty, William Morris and his Legacy' at the National Portrait gallery in 2014.

Size: 137(w) x 58.5(d) x 203 (h)cm

£ 2,995 6/7/22, previously £ 3,350


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Stock ref: DS1084

Circa 1910

Designed by Ambrose Heal  in the Cotswold School Arts and Crafts  style circa 1910 and retailed through their famous London store.  Solid oak construction throughout featuring protruding chamfered leg stiles and  a two drawer chest over a large panelled twin door storage cupboard which  has 2 fitted shelves.  The Heal & Son ivorine label is in place on the lip of one of the drawers. The cabinet currently sits on castors which aids manouvrability, but these are later additions. The cupboard is lockable and, whilst the lock is intact, unfortunately the key has been lost in the past.

The cabinet is is very good overall condition with  good figuring to the oak, a mellowing  antique oak colour, no loose joints or any obvious damage or repairs just the expected scratching and minor staining to the top and inner shelves from 100 years of normal everyday usage.

Overall size:42"(w) x 19 1/4" (d incl door knobs) x 49 3/4" (h incl castors.) ( 106.5 x 49 x 126.5cm)
Storage cupboard internal size: 38 1/2" (w) x 17 1/4" (d) x  35 1/2" (h)
Each drawer internal size: 18" (w) x 15 3/4"(d) x 4 1/2" (h)

Ambrose Heal (1872 - 1959) was a pioneer of the mass production of   home furniture based on Arts and Crafts design and construction, enabling the working and middle classes to afford stylish well made pieces.


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