Ambrose Heal Arts & Crafts English Oak St Ives Dressing Chest c. 1900



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School St Ives dressing chest with candle holders designed by Ambrose Heal and made in about 1900 by the Guild of Handicraft. This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • 2 short over 3 long drawers (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Original wrought iron, Guild of Handicraft made handles
  • Swing mirror and 2 candle stands


And early desing one of the most attractive Ambrose Heal bedroom furniture ranges, just 131 of these were made, between 1898 and 1906. An excellent quality English oak chest of drawers from the renowned of the St Ives range, made by the Guild of Handicraft in solid oak with the drawer linings in cedar wood, complete with the original Guild of Handicraft iron handles. This dressing chest was made over 100 years ago and is still as sound and stylish and it was then, it treated with care it will last several more lifetimes


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches)
  • base height 78 cm (2 feet 6 and three quarters inches)
  • overall width 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • overall depth 53 cm (1 foot 8 and three quarters inches)
  • shelf depth 13 cm (4 inches)
  • shelf width 88 cm (2 feet 10 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


c. 1900


Illustrated in Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897-1939, By Oliver S Heal, Oblong Creative, 2014 on page 152 and with the Heal & Co. London stamp on one top drawer edge as shown on page 131 and used until about 1900

About Heal and Co

Heal and Co (Ambrose Heal): One of the first Arts and Crafts makes to bring efficient business processes to the design and production of quality furniture. Sir Ambrose Heal had the vision to work with the most skilled craftspeople of the day, creating furniture that was comfortable, beautiful – reflecting the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement but at a more affordable price. Today Heals furniture from the period 1900 to 1940 is highly prized

About English Oak

English Oak: 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

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


Very good original condition with smoothly sliding drawers and original finish. 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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