Arthur W Simpson (The Handicrafts, Kendal) Arts & Crafts Oak & Leather Stool



Arts & Crafts Oak and Leather 'Easy' Stool by Arthur W. Simpson [The Handicrafts, Kendal]. This item features:
  • Plaited leather strapwork top with brass studs
  • Chamfered legs joined by a high level stetcher
  • Made in solid English Oak


A classic Simpson item and unlike many, the joints and are solid and un-repaired and the leather straps are all sound


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 41 cm (1 foot 4 inches)
  • overall width 31 cm (1 foot)
  • overall height 31 cm (1 foot)
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


Simpson metal maker's label and stamped stock number on the underside. This design is illustrated in 'The Simpsons of Kendal: Craftsmen in Wood' by Eleanor Davidson, University of Lancaster Visual Arts Centre, 1978, figure 84 and 'The Simpsons of Kendal: Fine Furniture Makers' by The Millinery Works, London 2008, Item 36

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


Good original condition. Some scuffing of the leather, and some expected minor marks and knocks. 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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