Gordon Russell Early Arts & Crafts 'Stow' Oak Double Wardrobe, No. 447 1927

SKU0020124

Features

A Gordon Russell 'Stow' English oak double wardrobe designed by Gordon Russell, No. 447, in 1927, enclosed by a pair of panelled doors, over a base drawer (with lap and through dovetails and solid base), bog oak faceted octagonal knob handles, on short block legs. Fielded panelled form and pegged construction

Comment

An early item beautifully made from the highest quality quarter sawn oak and in excellent condition with good deep colour. The rail is transverse, meaning that modern coat hangers can be used. This is a top class handmade item produced by an individual craftsman, not one of the later mass produced designs

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • height 183 cm (6 feet)
  • width 99 cm (3 feet 3 inches)
  • depth 52 cm (1 foot 8 and a half 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

Date

1927

Identification

Printed and ink inscribed paper label 'The Russell Workshops, Broadway, Worcs. 25/6/27 on the underside of the drawer. 'An identical Wardrobe sold at Bonhams Decorative Arts Including Jewellery, Gordon Russell & Cotswold School Furniture Sale, 1 November 2011, Lot 13

About Gordon Russell

Gordon Russell: One of the most important names in British design and a leading maker of arts and crafts furniture. His early furniture was hand-made in small numbers to a very high standard, adopting the Cotswold School philosophy pioneered by Ernest Gimson and the Barnsleys of usefulness and truth to materials. Always passionate about high standards of craftsmanship, many of his 1930s designs evolved to bridge the gap from the early arts and crafts movement to modern, minimalist forms while retaining the quality of materials and construction expected of the best Arts & Crafts furniture

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

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 of the sort; the long chamfers, chip carved edge detailsThe style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward and Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire and 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

Condition

Excellent condition. 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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