Stock ref: DS1125
Circa 1930s / Early 40s
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 open fronted cabinet is a superb example of artisan carpentry skill, exhibiting a number of features so distinctive of Stanley Webb Davies’ work. These include the rounded over cogged dovetail joints on the top, exposed dowel pins, wedged tennons to the sides, chamfered and ‘click beetle’ decorative carved front edges and a canted rear panel. It is complete with original baize lining to the underside.
The original linseed oiled finish and colour has been revived and it presents in superb condition free from any damage or repairs.
The piece is unmarked on exposed surfaces, although it is possibly marked underneath the original baize lining on the base. However, there is excellent provenance from Tennants, Leyburn to a Windermere family with a significant collection of SWD and Arthur Simpson of Kendal home furnishings, acquired in the pre war years.
Size: 36(w) x 25.8(d) x 32.5(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.