Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arts & Crafts Armchair 1930



An arts & crafts mahogany armchair by Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) from about 1930. This item features:
  • Woven raffia panel and seat bordered by leather bands
  • Arched back
  • Platform arms on raised on rectangular tapering legs


A beautifully designed and made item using top quality materials, by this iconic arts and crafts maker. Items of Simpson Furniture rarely come to the market


Approximate dimensions:
  • height 94 cm (3 feet 1 inches)
  • width 66 cm (2 feet 2 inches)
  • depth 79 cm (2 feet 7 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


'Arthur W. Simpson (Hubert Simpson) The Handicrafts Kendal' label (matching figure 139 in The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal by Hugh Wright, Bookcase Carlisle, 2011)

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 Mahogany

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

About Arts & Crafts Lakes School Furniture

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


Overall excellent sound and solid condition. Some light wear to the rafia weaving. 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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