Arts & Crafts Lakes School Carved English Oak Sideboard c. 1930


An Arts & Crafts Lakes School English Oak Sideboard c. 1930. A very striking design with good rich colour and very good hand carved decoration. Featuring:

  • Rectangular top made out of just two continuous pieces of oak
  • Upper back section with 3 single plank fielded panels the centre one with hand carved floral decoration.
  • Very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak (quarter-sawing is a way of sawing oak to produce boards with superior strength which also reveals decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.)
  • 2 short over 2 long drawers with hand carved floral decoration. (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Single door single plank fielded hand carved panel panel surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons
  • Ends with twin plank fielded panels
  • Square section legs joined by stretchers united by a stretcher with exposed tenon joints

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1310mm (4 feet 3 1/2 inches)
  • Base Height 950mm (3 feet 1 1/4 inch)
  • Overall Depth 500mm (1 foot 7 1/2 inches)
  • Overall Width 1430mm (4 feet 8 1/4 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

From a Kendal home, but without a maker’s label or any known provenance

Very good condition with a few minor 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.

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

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


An Arts & Crafts Lakes School English Oak Sideboard by C. 1930. A very striking design with good rich colour and very good hand carvedmdecoration. Very good condition with a few minor marks

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