Alan Peters Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Yew Coffee Table


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An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Yew Coffee Table by Alan Peters post 1980. A very elegant table with a lovely rich colour by one of the leading contemporary Arts and Crafts makers. . Featuring:

  • Rectangular top made out of just two continuous pieces of solid timber
  • Solid Yew throughout
  • Another Alan Peters table of this design is in the Victoria and Albert Museum furniture collection exhibit W.61-1978

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Length 1140mm (3 feet 8 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 530mm (1 foot 8 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Height 460mm (1 foot 6 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.

post 1980

Stamped 'Alan Peters' to the underside. An almost identical example is illustrated in Alan Peters 'Cabinet Making, the professional approach, with the diagram in Fig 56 on page 77 and photographed in the colour illustrations following page 80, which now resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum 20th Century Furniture collection.

Good condition, tight joints ans excellent rich colour and grain. A few very minor surface marks and scuffs.. 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 British Arts and Crafts furniture designer maker who was apprenticed to Edward Barnsley (from 1949 to 1955) before setting up his own workshop in the Sixties. He is known for his particularly elegant furniture, outstanding craftsmanship and creative designs.

Although not technically a hardwood Yew's annual growth rings are so tight that it is usually harder and heavier than your average hardwood. It requires a great deal of skill to work with it successfully. The finished result can be very attractive and unique with a fine grain with numerous interesting and varied crossgrains, knots and pips. Its smooth texture give it a lustrous finish. It is a very tough, resilient and durable wood (Yew was the wood of choice for English longbows) which is relatively uncommon, especially in sections of timber larger enough to make 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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