Arthur W Simpson Arts & Crafts Lakes School Oak Dressing Chest or Desk c. 1930


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An Arts & Crafts Lakes School oak dressing chest or slim line desk by Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) made in around 1930. A very attractive, well made and useful item, with ample storage and suitable for the addition of a free standing swing mirror. Items of Arthur Simpson furniture rarely come to the market, featuring:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Kidney shaped top
  • Central drawer plus 2 banks of graduated drawers (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Hand-made handles
  • Rails on the underside of the top to fit a curtain if required


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 78 cm (2 feet 6 and three quarters inches)
  • overall width 119 cm (3 feet 10 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 56 cm (1 foot 10 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, The Handicrafts, Kendal' metal label (matching figure 137 in The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal by Hugh Wright, Bookcase Carlisle, 2011) inside the central drawer


Very good condition with smoothly sliding drawers, tight joints and original finish. Minor surface dirt and marks. 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

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 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


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