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



An Arts and Crafts quarter-sawn English oak armchair by Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal), designed by Hubert Simpson and with fold out shelves/tables in the sides, secured with handmade bog oak bolts


A beautifully designed and made classic Hubert Simpson design constructed with top quality materials. Very stylish and more practical than many arts and crafts armchairs. Items of Simpson Furniture rarely come to the market


Approximate dimensions:
  • depth 80 cm (2 feet 7 and a half inches)
  • height 77 cm (2 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • width 62 cm (2 feet and a half)
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. 1940


Maker's label and stock number stamp on the rear lower rail. A very similar armchair is illustrated in 'The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood' figure 67

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. The cushions are later replacements. 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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