Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arthur W. Simpson Arts and Crafts Mahogany Dressing Table 1890 1890


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A arthur w. simpson arts and crafts mahogany dressing table 1890 by arthur w simpson (the handicrafts, kendal) made in 1890

Approximate dimensions:

  • height 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches)
  • width 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • depth 56 cm (1 foot 10 inches)
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Stamped "A. W. Simpson "on the top left drawer with an additional paper label under the same drawer

A few very light to moderate marks and some minor fading in places. Minor loss to the silvering of the mirror. No keys. 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

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

Mahogany: Mahogany has traditionally ranked among the finest cabinet woods and is exceptionally stable and clear with a natural luster

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

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