Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arts & Crafts Oak Drop-Leaf Table



An Arts and Crafts oak drop-leaf table made by Arthur W. Simpson [The Handicrafts, Kendal], made from high quality quarter-sawn English Oak, with wedged exposed tenon joints


A very well designed and made item using high quality materials from this iconic Lake District based Arts & Crafts maker. Items of Simpson Furniture rarely come to the market


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 66 cm (2 feet 2 inches)
  • overall width 84 cm (2 feet 8 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 66 cm (2 feet 2 inches)
  • width collapsed 27 cm (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. 1920


This item is shown in 'The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood' figure 83b

About Arthur W. Simpson

Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal): Arthur W. Simpson and his Kendal based furniture making company 'The Handicrafts' was a renowned arts and crafts maker associated with very high quality hand crafted furniture, who worked with by members of the Artworker's Guild, such as Voysey and Baillie-Scott. Today, items of Simpson furniture are hard to find and avidly collected. Materials, workmanship and design are always of the highest quality

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 Lakes School

The Arts & Crafts Lakes School was a development of the Arts and Craft Cotswold School. The most significant designers and makers were Arthur Simpson, in Kendal, Stanley Webb Davies at Windermere and the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. Peter Hall of Staveley still produces furniture in this tradition. The Lakes School maintained the ideals with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, the use of beautiful locally materials and the focus traditional tools and techniques. In fact Stanley Webb Davies' workshop didn't use any power tools at all, even to cut logs from timber!The dominant material was English Oak and typical decorative details often include exposed joints and subtle carved details


Excellent clean overall condition. light water splashes at the base of the feet. 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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