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Stock ref: DS2128

Circa mid 1920s-50s

A superb solid oak Desk Lamp from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest design and construction details.

This is a very rare opportunity to own a piece made by Stanley for his own personal use in his workshop office and his own home, Gatesbield, Windermere, and as such it is typically unsigned or dated.

Beautiful colour  and in excellent working condition following a sympathetic clean and re-wax in our workshop and replacement of the old electrical fittings with a new earthed brass bulb holder, 3 core earthed period braided wiring and 3 amp fused plug, to ensure compliance with modern electrical safety standards. The original vitreous Crabtree on/off switch (as used in all homes as light switches in the 1920s-40s) has been cleaned and tested and is in working order. We've photographed the old wiring, 2 pin plug and bulb holder and these are available to the new owner if they wish to retain them.

Excellent provenance, from the Stanley Webb Davies Personal Collection 2019. This particular piece is from his own Gatesbield office/showroom and home. As with all his personal family possessions it was inherited by his niece and it is from her estate that this collection has come to market. It is complimented by examples of original letter headed paper and  a showroom item tag used at his business which operated from 1923 -1960 in Windermere.

Size: base 17.8(w) x 17.8(d), arm reach 62cm, height 63.5cm

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Stock ref: DS2125

Circa  mid1920s-50s

A superb solid walnut Table Lamp from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.

This is a rare opportunity to own a piece made by Stanley   for personal family use in his own home, Gatesbield, Windermere, and as such it is typically unsigned or dated.

Beautiful colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and re-wax in our workshop and replacement of the old electrical fittings with a new brass bulb holder, 3 core earthed wiring and 3 amp fused plug, to ensure compliance with modern electrical safety standards. 

Excellent provenance, from the Stanley Webb Davies Personal Collection 2019. This particular piece is from his own Gatesbield home. As with all his personal family possessions it was inherited by his niece and it is from her estate that this collection has come to market. It is complimented by examples of original letter headed paper and  a showroom item tag used at his business which operated from 1923 -1960 in Windermere.

Size: 13.3(w) x 13.3(d) x 22.9(h)cm

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Just arrived.... a rare opportunity to own number of Stanley's personal pieces from his Gatesbield home and  residual unsold pieces from his workshop and showroom in Windermere which closed its doors in 1960.  As he and his wife Emily had no children, on his death in 1978,  his estate was bequethed to his neice. These pieces are on the  market for the first time, from her own estate.

Items include:
Low Armchair with original upholstery
Desk Lamp
Pair of Table Lamps
2 x Mirrors
Mirror

Each also includes some ephemera (SWD letter headed paper, item tag, image photo etc)

Please contact us for further details whilst we prepare the various items for sale.

 

Stock ref: DS1868

1952

An excellent set of 6 solid oak dining chairs from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Every piece is totally unique, SWD was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by Sydney A. Johnston and numbered I to VI.

As you would expect from such high quality craftsmanship all the chairs are structurally sound,  with a more recent reupholstery in a plain cream white cotton to the drop-in padded seats. We have photograhed the chairs in 'as purchased' condition and, whilst fully usable as they are,  all would benefit from a clean and re-wax to remove accumulated grime and minor spill stains. We will be happy to discuss with clients their preferences and can price accordingly.

Size: 45.5(w) x 51.5(d) x 97.5(h)cm each

£ 3,750, previously 4,650 (Set of 6).

 

Stanley Webb Davies: Family, Friends and Furniture
Written by Ian Naylor & Harold Heys, published by Naylor Publishing 2016

 

Stock ref: DS1663

Stanley's legacy of fine furniture is increasingly well known and appreciated by collectors of Arts and Crafts furniture but relatively little has been researched and recorded, until now, about Stanley himself, particularly his early life which so clearly went on to inspire and influence the highly pricipled man and passionate craftsman he was throughout his adult life.

This new biography, produced with the assistance of his family descendants and friends, chronicles his most interesting life and work; his family background in cotton manufacturing in Lancashire, congregationalism and quakerism, schooldays and Oxford university, his objections to war and his subsequent relief work in France for 3 years with the Society of Friends. On return to the UK he honed his inate woodworking skills and trained under the tutelage of Arthur Romney Green,  before marriage to Emily and setting up home and business in Windermere, where he and Emily lived for the remainder of their lives. The business survived highs and lows for almost 40 years and the book chronicles Stanley and Emily's life through this period and into retirement and old age.

Wriiten by Ian Naylor, a keen admirer and collector of his work and retired journalist Harold Heys, the book is A4 sized with glossy soft cover, 188 pages and over 150 photographs, some never seen before from the family archive, and numerous other contributors, ourselves included, we're proud to say.

Available to collect from our home address in Kirkby Fleetham, Northallerton or from our showroom within the Preston Antiques Centre.

Packing and postage is available, pricing depending on the destination and service used. Please contact us to discuss this.

£ 15.00 (excluding P&P)

 

Stock ref: DS2124

Circa mid 1920s-50s

A superb solid walnut Table Lamp from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.

This is a rare opportunity to own a piece made by Stanley   for personal family use in his own home, Gatesbield, Windermere, and as such it is typically unsigned or dated.

Beautiful colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and re-wax in our workshop and replacement of the old electrical fittings with a new brass bulb holder, 3 core earthed wiring and 3 amp fused plug, to ensure compliance with modern electrical safety standards. 

Excellent provenance, from the Stanley Webb Davies Personal Collection 2019. This particular piece is from his own Gatesbield home. As with all his personal family possessions it was inherited by his niece and it is from her estate that this collection has come to market. It is complimented by examples of original letter headed paper and  a showroom item tag used at his business which operated from 1923 -1960 in Windermere.

Size: 13.3(w) x 13.3(d) x 22.9(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2123

1957

A superb solid oak fabric upholstered Low Armchair from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Every piece is totally unique, SWD was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by Sydney A. Johnston  and Ernest J Oldorn.

Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and re-wax in our workshop.  The fabric upholstery is also original and in superb condition. 

Excellent provenance, from the Stanley Webb Davies Personal Collection 2019. This particular piece would have been residual showroom stock remaining, that Stanley retained himself at his Gatesbield home, when he closed his business in 1960. As with all his personal family possessions it was inherited by his niece and it is from her estate that this collection has come to market. It is complimented by an official image of the chair design from the SWD archive, written on the reverse by Stanley for design registration purposes, together with examples of original letter headed paper and  a showrroom item tag.

Size: 57(w) x 66(d) x 88(h)cm, seat height 34cm.

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Stock ref: DS1790

1948

An  exceptional  quality and exquisitely handcrafted solid walnut 3 tier Display / Cake Stand from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are very rare to the market and highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Ernest Gimson, the Barnsley's and Arthur Romney Green. Every piece made over a 40 year period is unique as Stanley was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. The underside of the upper tier is marked in typical fashion with the inscribed SWD cartouche, the craftsman's own initials JCB and the date, 1948.

The signature bears a close resemblance that that used by James Cleasby Dent JCD but on close inspection is definitely a B not a D so, unfortunately,  nothing appears to be known about this particular craftsman. Hugh Wrights book: Stanley Webb Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker acknowledges that not all the craftsmen are know as the costing books are incomplete. There is reference  to a John Britain in the period 1947-51 but it has been thought he was not allowed to sign his work as " he was on some sort of work experience with davies and went on to train as a teacher." Clearly  the piece is of the highest quality and whoever made it had the full backing of Stanley to mark it with all the usually expected SWD markings.

The stand displays the very finest craftsmanship and cabinet making techniques combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Each piece of walnut has been carefully selected  for it's individual grain and colour and no screws are used in the construction; visible wedged tennons  with contrasting oak wedges are used throughout and they all remain as tight as the day they were made. Other typical SWD features include the scalloped / dog bite  side edges, chiselled tooling to the circular central sections of each tier  and the curved canted edges.

Cleaned and re-oiled in our workshop the 3 tier stand presents in  exceptional condition, the colour and graining  now as  rich and vibrant as the day it was made almost 70 years ago.

Hugh's book as well as a new 2016 publication entitled Stanley Webb Davies - Family Friends & Furniture by  Ian Naylor and Harold Heys (available from us) are highly recommend to those interested in learning more about  Stanley Webb Davies and his talented craftsmen.

Size: 29.5(w) x 21.5(d) x 79(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1648

1959

A rare and highly sought after Cotswold School Arts and Crafts oak Nest of Tables by James Cleasby Dent ( 1920 - 2003),  featuring the carving details and skills he acquired whilst working at the renowned Stanley Webb Davies workshop in Windermere, Cumbria. Of larger size than is usually seen each of the three tables is of tall rectangular form with shaped and chamferred legs joined by arched shaped stretchers. All the joints feature oak dowel pins and exposed wedged tennons.

James's trademark twin acorns  is carved in relief to the side apron of the smallest table. The underside of the largest table is also initialled and dated by James  in typical SWD fashion.

The nest of tables presents in superb waxed condition with no faults or staining and has a superb depth of medium oak colour. 

James was born into a farming family in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Interested in woodwork from an early age he started working with Stanley Webb Davies as a fee paying student, later becoming an apprentice and then a fully qualified craftsman.  He worked at the SWD Gatesbield workshop until 1954, leaving to set up his own workshop in Ravenstondale near Kirkby Stephen, after his wife Kathleen took up a teaching post at the local village school. The church in Kirkby Stephen contains numerous examples of his work and Stanley himself in 1976 is recorded as remarking that he regarded his font cover in the church as " a masterpiece".

Hugh Wright's biography on Stanley Webb Davies contains many references to James Dent (see especially p 102, 109-111).  It, together with a new 2016 publication entitled Stanley Webb Davies - Family Friends & Furniture by  Ian Naylor and Harold Heys are highly recommend to those interested in learning more about  Stanley Webb Davies and his talented craftsmen.

Table Sizes: Lge - 60.8(w) x 44.8(d) x 61(h)cm
                  Med - 49.8)w) x 35.5(d) x 56.5(h)cm
                  Sml - 39.8(w) x 26.5(d) x 52(h)cm

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Stock refs: DS1532 / DS1533

1955

Two superb solid oak 3' single beds from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Complete   with original Vono  metal side rails and each with a high quality mattress base. Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and wax in our workshop. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by F. Ellison. Offered individually or as a pair.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother  William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974. Hugh Wright's book Stanley Web Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker, makes reference on page 35 to Stanley's regular visits to Agnes (Aggie) in her later years.

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