Oliver Morel (Ex-Edward Barnsley) Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Walnut Chest 1971


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A large Arts and Crafts Cotswolds School Walnut Chest by Oliver Morel [Ex-Edward Barnsley] made in 1971. A beautifully designed and exceptionally well made chest, by this former Edward Barnsley craftsman, item using top quality materials and providing plentiful and very stylish storage space, featuring:
  • Four cushioned panels on the front and top and two on each end
  • Subtly curved ends
  • Chamfered edges
  • Hinged lid with internal lip
  • Removable panelled oak back


Approximate dimensions:
  • height 77 cm (2 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • width 131 cm (4 feet 3 and a half inches)
  • depth 59 cm (1 foot 11 and a quarter 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




Instantly recognisable as Morel's style and Oliver Morel engraved plate on the inside


Excellent condition. A few very minor dints. 5 unobtrusive screw holes in the inside of the base. 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

About Oliver Morel

Oliver Morel (Ex Edward Barnsley) (1916 to 1996): A maker of fine furniture in the Cotswold School Arts and Crafts tradition who trained and worked with Edward Barnsley at his famous workshop at Froxfield (from 1934 to 1941), before founding his own workshop in 1946 making exceptional quality furniture

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


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