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Stanley Webb Davies, Walnut Table Lamp

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Stock ref: DS1131

Circa 1930s / early 1940s

Stanley Webb Davies pieces are very rare to the market and always highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture making at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Ernest Gimson, Arthur Romney Green and the Barnsley’s. Every piece is totally unique, Stanley was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice in the 37 years the business operated in Windermere, Cumbria.

This solid walnut table lamp with an ebonised wooden octagonal collar under the brass bulb holder combines a number of Arts and Crafts design features so distinctive of SWD’s work with the geometric Art Deco styling that was popular in the 1930s period. Sitting on a rectangular base with typical canted upper surfaces providing good symmetry  to the central column which features a distinctive peg protruding both sides and geometric chamfers cut to the sides to produce an octagonal top section. A 1/2″ threaded metal tube runs centrally through the central column for the wiring and connecting the bulb holder.

A brand new antiqued brass switchable bulb holder has been fitted together with brand new 3 metre, 3 core braided period style wiring and a new plug, all British made to  the latest EU standards. A new baize felt lining, in the original colour,  has also been fitted to the underside. The lamp is in superb condition with good colour and figuring to the walnut and is fully working and complete, except for a shade. PAT electrically tested.

The table lamp is unmarked, however, it was acquired at auction as part of a larger consignment of SWD and Arthur Simpson  pieces, some marked and some not, and there is provenance via Tennants, Leyburn, to a Windermere family with a significant collection of SWD and Arthur Simpson furnishings, acquired in the inter war years.

Size: 15.2(w) x 10(d) x 24.5(h excl bulb holder & shade)

SWD (1894 -1978) was the son of a wealthy mill owner in Darwin, Lancs. Oxford educated, he was apprenticed to Arthur Romney Green before setting up home and business in Windermere, Cumbria in 1923. The business closed in 1960.

Information courtesy of Hugh Wright’s book published in 2006, Stanley Webb Davies, 1894-1978, Arts and Crafts Furniture Maker. I can highly recommend it to those keen to learn more about his life and work.



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