Barnsley Workshop Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Walnut Wall Cabinet 1991


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An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Walnut wall cabinet by The Barnsley Workshop made in 1991. A very pleasingly elegant design with excellent proportions and made to the exceptional standard expected of this leading Arts & Crafts maker. Featuring:

  • Solid English Walnut throughout
  • Two central drawers with single plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons with ebony stringing around the edge.
  • Curved handles and ebony escutcheons and handmade door bolt
  • Two long adjustable shelves
  • Four short adjustable shelves.
  • Single plank ends with ebony stringing

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Length 1530mm (5 feet)
  • Overall Depth 250mm ( 9 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Height 810mm (2 feet 7 3/4 inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you.


Commissioned by the previous owners in 1991, made to a design and with a standard of construction synonymous with the Barnsley Workshop. Unmarked

Very good condition with very smoothly closing doors, tight joints joints and original finish. Two of the wooden shelf support pegs are later replacements.. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us.

A designer and maker of furniture, teacher and important figure in the 20th Century British Arts and Crafts movement. He is widely recognised as one of the most important British furniture designers of the twentieth century who developed the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney. His work is known for it's clean modern forms with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches and close to wood grain and pattern. His workshop still produces fine furniture as "The Barnsley Workshop"

Walnut is truly special timber with a delicious range of brown and grey creamy colours. The amount of feature depends on where the tree was grown, the best being English with its decorative grain, deep colouring, lustre and durability. It is highly prized for high class furniture, although its high cost and scarcity mean that solid walnut is only found in the very best items

The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials. Cotswold School designs were crafted from local materials using traditional tools and techniques and with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches crafted either from wood or from metal using traditional smithing techniques, and close attention to form as well as to wood grain and pattern. Where decorative details were added they generally took the form of traditional embellishment such as exposed joints, chamfered edges and chip carved edge details. The style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward, Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire, Robin Nance in St Ives and Ambrose Heal are a handful of such men out of many. The best developed their own style within the established tradition.

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