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

 

Stock ref: DS2374

5th Sept 2020 - BACK IN STOCK (12 currently available)

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.

Written 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.

Profits from the sale of the book are donated to the Friends of Darwin Library.

Available to collect 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.

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Stock ref: DS2461

1942

A rare solid oak three tier Serving Trolley from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are always 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.

SWD signed and dated 1942 in the expected manner, made by  Brian L Rickett. 

A rare and highly useable piece of furniture which presents in original unrestored condition, standing on it's original castors, finished in a waxed dark oak colour.

Excellent provenance, purchased directly from the original owners local family estate, together with other SWD pieces all dated 1940s or 50s.

Size: 92(w) x 72(d) x 50.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2462

1956

 

An excellent  solid oak Standard 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.

SWD signed and dated 1956 to the base in the expected manner, made by  Fred Ellison. 

A rare and highly useable piece of furniture which presents in excellent condition  and full working order  with new antique brass bulb fittings, period style braided 3 core earthed wiring and plug.

Excellent provenance, purchased directly from the original owners local family estate, together with other SWD pieces all dated 1940s or 50s. 

Size: 50(dia) x 160(h)cm excl. bulb fitting

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Stock ref: DS2458

1959

An excellent  solid oak Standard 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.

SWD signed and dated 1959 to the base in the expected manner, made by  Sidney Allan Johnston. 

A rare and highly useable piece of furniture which presents in excellent condition  and full working order  with new antique brass bulb fittings, period style braided 3 core earthed wiring and plug.

Excellent provenance, purchased directly from the original owners local family estate, together with other SWD pieces all dated 1940s or 50s. One of two standard lamps from Stanley Webb Davies.

Size: 46(dia) x 144.5(h)cm excl. bulb fitting.

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Stock ref: DS2460

Circa 1940s / 50s

An excellent solid oak 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, and  displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.

Features an octagonally carved and shaped base with attractive petal forms and an octagonal centre stem with multiple carved  and tapering facets and an ebony  top ring collar.  Wonderful rich colour  following a gentle sympathetic clean and re-wax in our workshop. All new electrical fittings including an antique brass bulb holder, 3 core earthed period braided wiring and 3 amp fused plug, to ensure compliance with modern electrical safety standards.  The only minor fault we can see is a hairline wood split in the top of the ebony collar where it looks as though the earlier plastic light fitting had been overtightened on it's brass threaded insert into the wood.

Not visibly signed / dated, although this may well be hidden under the original lining on the base. 

Excellent provenance, purchased directly from the original owners local family estate, together with other SWD pieces all dated 1940s or 50s.

The second of a matching pair. (See also  DS2457)

Size:  15.2(dia) x 35.5(h)cm excl bulb fitting.     6" x 14"

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Stock ref: DS2457

Circa 1940s/50s

An excellent solid oak 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, and  displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.

Features an octagonally carved and shaped base with attractive petal forms and an octagonal centre stem with multiple carved  and tapering facets and an ebony  top ring collar.  Wonderful rich colour  following a gentle sympathetic clean and re-wax in our workshop. All new electrical fittings including an antique brass bulb holder, 3 core earthed period braided wiring and 3 amp fused plug, to ensure compliance with modern electrical safety standards.  The only minor fault we can see is a hairline wood split in the top of the ebony collar where it looks as though the earlier plastic light fitting had been overtightened on it's brass threaded insert into the wood.

Not visibly signed / dated, although this may well be hidden under the original lining on the base. 

Excellent provenance, purchased directly from the original owners local family estate, together with other SWD pieces all dated 1940s or 50s.

One of a matching pair.

Size:  15.2(dia) x 35.5(h)cm excl bulb fitting.     6" x 14"

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Stock ref: DS2292

1934

A superb solid walnut and fabric upholstered chair 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 joinery and cabinet making techniques and skills, combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by the foreman Ernest J Oldorn and Richard 'Dickie' Cloudsdale.

Stunning rich colour  and in superb condition following a gentle clean, re-oil with linseed oil and a re-wax in our workshop.  The drop-in seat pad with fabric cover and horse hair filling is also original and in excellent condition. 

Size: 43(w) x 51.5(d) x 92(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2244

1952

An excellent  solid oak Standard 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.

Signed and dated to the base in the expected SWD manner, made by Richard 'Dickie' Cloudsdale. There is also a label to the base confirming the lamp was re-wired with modern period braided 3 core eathed wiring in 2018 by the David Turner Workshop, a leading London based vintage lighting resoration specialist.

A rare and highly useable piece of furniture which presents in full working order and wonderful original wax over linseed oiled condition, the usual finish SWD applied. The only very minor usage damage we can see is a few tiny nicks on one facet edge in the middle of the central stem, shown in the image gallery below.

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Stock ref: DS2143

1939

A superb walnut  Double Wardrobe 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. Comprises two detachable storage compartments  which sit into a base plinth. Typical curved edges, exposed cogged dovetailing, wedged tennons throughout and contrasting ebonised walnut handles.

Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by Ernest J Oldcorn and Frank Gregory.

Photographed in 'as purchased' condition, slightly faded externally but completely sound. A clean, re-oil and wax will return the exterior to its former glory, like the interior which has lost none of its original hue. We will be pleased to discuss a sale for the piece as it is or fully refurbished in our workshop.  

Privately acquired  from the original owning family together with a dressing table /mirror made as part of the same commission, and later made shoe cupboard. 

Size: 157.5(w) x 56(d) x 193(h)cm,  62" (w) x 22"(d) x 76"(h)ins

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Stock ref: DS2144

1939

A superb walnut  Dressing Table and  full length Mirror 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. We've sold a similar later made piece in the past, made by Stanley in 1955 for his brother, but the drawer arrangement is different as is the mirror. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details, even on the rear and the drawer bases and backs. For example, the rear hidden screw adjuster for the mirror is hand turned from contrasting dark walnut. Four graduated drawers to each side, original  keys and locks with a central mirror and drawer below, all the drawers with canted fronts and contrasting ebonised walnut handles. Typical curved edges, exposed cogged dovetailing and wedged tennons throughout.

Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by Ernest J Oldcorn and Frank Gregory.

Superb colour and  condition following a clean, re-oil  and wax in our workshop. 

Privately acquired  from the original owning family together with a double wardrobe made as part of the same commission, and later made shoe cupboard. 

Size: 156(w) x 56.5(d) x 173.5(h)cm, 61 1/2"(w) x 22 1/4"(d) x 68 1/4"(h)

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