Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arts & Crafts Oak Dressing Chest


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An Arts & Crafts English oak dressing chest by Arthur W. Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) made in c. 1920. A classic Simpson design and a practical and stylish piece of furniture. Items of Simpson Furniture rarely come to the market, featuring:
  • 2 short and one long drawer (constructed with single plank fronts and hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • 2 plank top with chip carved decoration to the edge
  • Square legs joined by a stretcher with exposed tenon


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 91 cm (2 feet 11 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 56 cm (1 foot 10 inches)
  • overall width 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter 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




This design in shown in 'The Simpsons of Kendal: Craftsmen in Wood' by Eleanor Davidson, University of Lancaster Visual Arts Centre, 1978, Figure 73, 'Dressing Table and mirror, oak made for Littleholme L42 ins 2605 1910'. Littleholme was Simpson's own home, designed by C. F. A. Voysey. The design is also illustrated on page 8 of the Arthur W. Simpson 'Woodcraft' catalogue '2605a Dressing Table in Oak'. A similar example sold at Woolley & Wallis' Arts & Crafts Auction on 19 Jun 2013 Lot 411


Very good sound condition, with smoothly sliding drawers, tight joints, now woodworm, and rich colour. 2 minor knock to the legs. 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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