Stock ref: DS1130
Circa 1930s / early 1940s
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 Gimson and the Barnsley’s. Every piece is totally unique, SWD was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice.
This solid walnut rectangular trinket box is beatifully made and jointed with wonderful graining. The lid is hinged with brass fittings and the top surface of the lid has typical SWD canted edges. It is complete with original baize lining to the underside.
The original finish and colour has been revived and it presents in superb condition free from any damage.
The piece is unmarked on exposed surfaces, although it is possibly marked underneath the original baize lining on the base. However, it was acquired by myself as part of a larger collection of SWD and Simpsons work and there is excellent provenance from Tennants, Leyburn to a Windermere family with a significant collection of SWD and Arthur Simpson of Kendal home furnishings, all acquired in the pre war years. The piece also features in a black and white photo used within a SWD promotional catalogue.
Size: 14(w) x 10.5(d) x 5.5(h) cm
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 his 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 work.