Arts & Crafts Lakes School English Oak Oak Desk c.1930 in the manner of Simpson



An Arts & Crafts Lakes School oak desk in the manner of Athur W. Simpson by made in c. 1930. This item features:
  • Made in very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak
  • 2 plank top with shaped edge
  • 4 drawers (each made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Panelled sides and back


A well proportioned desk with clean arts and crafts lines, providing a stylish work space


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 75 cm (2 feet 5 and a half inches)
  • overall width 103 cm (3 feet 4 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 61 cm (2 feet)
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


Bought from a property in Kendal, this has typical Simpson styling and colour, 1 in 4 dovetails and fixed backs to the drawer bases as expected (See 'The Beautiful Furniture of the Simpsons of Kendal' by Hugh Wright, Bookcase 2011). RCS locks. The back panels match other Simpson items we have retailed, such as SKU0020204 (enquire for details)

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


Very good sound clean condition. 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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