4 Alan Acornman Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Chairs



A set of four Arts & Crafts Cotswold School walnut chairs by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman). This item features:
  • Made in Walnut
  • Drop in leather seats
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


A very elegant and well proportioned design made by the top Yorkshire maker


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 85 cm (2 feet 9 and a half inches)
  • overall width 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • overall depth 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • seat height 45 cm (1 foot 5 and three quarters 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


Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif on each chair

About Alan 'Acornman' Grainger

Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman): 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 are hand made from solid English oak finished with the distinctive adzed ripple and bearing the acorn mark

About Walnut

Walnut: 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

About Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Furniture

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


Good sound condition and all solid. One of the spindles has been replaced, there is a repair to one of the seat pads and there is light scuffing and surface wear to the frames. 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

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