Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arthur W. Simpson Arts Crafts Mahogany Writing Bureau



Hand made in solid mahogany with Simpson's intricate carving on the slope and ebony handles


Hand made in solid mahogany with Simpson's intricate carving on the slope and ebony handles. A very scarce item and beautifully made


Approximate dimensions:
  • height 96 cm (3 feet 1 and three quarters inches)
  • width 8 cm (2 inches)
  • depth 4 cm (1 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


Stamped under the internal draw

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 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


A few very light to moderate marks and some minor fading i places. Close inspection reveals a small repaired split by the right hand hinge, probably from being opened without pulling out the supports. Moderate to heavy scuffing of the writing leather. Some ink spots internally. No key. 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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