Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts) Arts & Crafts English Oak Sideboard c. 1930



Arts and Crafts quarter-sawn English Oak sideboard by Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal). This item features:
  • 2 drawers (made with lap and through dovetails)
  • Two cupboards, each containing a shelf
  • Classic Hubert Simpson bog oak handles


A very well proportioned and attractive item beautifully designed and made from top quality quarter sawn oak and in excellent condition with good deep colour. Items of Simpson Furniture rarely come to the market


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 98 cm (3 feet 2 and a half inches)
  • overall width 106 cm (3 feet 5 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 48 cm (1 foot 7 inches)
  • height excluding upstand 91 cm (2 feet 11 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. 1930


A typical later Simpson design in quarter-sawn English Oak with bog oak handles. 'Arthur W. Simpson (Hubert Simpson) The Handicrafts Kendal' label on the back. See 'The Simpsons of Kendal: Craftsmen in Wood' by Eleanor Davidson, University of Lancaster Visual Arts Centre, 1978, Figure 16 for a similarly styled range being exhibited at the Red Rose Guild in 1937. Originally purchased by Lieutenant Commander Ronald Carter

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 condition. A few very minor 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

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