Set of 6 Edward Barnsley Design Acornman Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Oak Chairs

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A Set of 6 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Chairs made by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) Post 1970. A very elegant and well proportioned design made by the top Yorkshire maker. Includes 4 dining chairs and 3 carvers.. Featuring:

  • Solid English Oak throughout.
  • drop in leather seat pads
  • Tapered legs with side stretchers united by a cross stretcher
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs.
  • Flutted spindle backs

Approximate dimensions are: 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.

Post 1970

Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif

Very good condition with sound seat pads, original finish, tight joints. A few minor marks and dints, as expected with an item that has been in use for 40 to 50 years. 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.

Acorn Industries was started by George Grainger, a former Robert "Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, in the mid-30s. He trained his son Alan (and Derek 'Lizardman' Slater) who then took over and developed the business. Renowned for high quality pieces, all hand made, usually from English oak and bearing the acorn mark

The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

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.

A Set of 6 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Chairs made by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) Post 1970. A very elegant and well proportioned design made by the top Yorkshire maker. Includes 4 dining chairs and 3 carvers.. Very good condition with sound seat pads, original finish, tight joints. A few minor marks and dints, as expected with an item that has been in use for 40 to 50 years


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