Stock ref: DS1128
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.
Unmarked but with excellent provenance to a Windermere family with a significant collection of Stanley Webb Davies and Arthur Simpson home furnishings purchased in the first half of the 20th Century. Made from solid walnut with natural bristles in very characteristic SWD style the set of brushes remains eminently usable as originally intended. The brush handles are wonderfully carved, ergonomically shaped and immensly tactile. The walnut has a lovely patina and graining pattern and there is no damage or repair to the wood, just slight loss to a few bristles around the edges of the brushes.
Size: 21(l) x 7(w) x 5.5(h), 16.5(l) x 5.5(w) 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.