Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Wardrobe c. 1930



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School quartersawn English oak wardrobe by made in about 1930, with twin doors with fielded panels and chamfered edges, containing a hanging rail, four drawers (made with a single plank front, solid oak sides backs and bases, and constructed with lap and through dovetails) two shelves and a mirror


A very attractive wardrobe in quarter-sawn English oak, deep enough to accept modern coat hangers, and with the benefit of extra storage in drawers and on shelves


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 188 cm (6 feet 2 inches)
  • overall width 123 cm (4 feet and a half)
  • overall depth 54 cm (1 foot 9 and a quarter inches)
  • internal depth 47 cm (1 foot 6 and a half 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


The base, legs and overall shape are a typical Heals' design. The very distinctive handles of this design also are a feature of Heals pieces. See Bellmans' antiques & interiors sale 3-8 Feb 2018 Lot 1820, Shapes Auctioneers & Valuers Art & Antiques Auction, 5 Aug 2017 Lots 428 and 429, Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers Three day Sale of Antiques & Collectables 6 Aug 2008, Lot 478

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 Cotswold School

The Cotswold School was a development of the Arts and Craft Movement started largely by Ernest Gimson and the brothers Sidney and Ernest Barnsley. The furniture is instantly recognisable with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, and use of beautiful materials. Cotswold School designs were crafted from local materials using traditional tools and techniques and with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches crafted either from wood or from metal using traditional smithing techniques, and close attention to form as well as to wood grain and pattern. Where decorative details were added they generally took the form of traditional embellishment of the sort; the long chamfers, chip carved edge detailsThe style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward and Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire and Robin Nance in St Ives and Ambrose Heal are a handful of such men out of many. The best developed their own style within the established tradition


In nice overall condition with deep rich colour, snugly closing doors and smoothly sliding drawers. A few scratches and marks commensurate with its age. 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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