Arts & Crafts Furniture
Betty Joel (Token Works) Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Walnut Wardrobe
An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Walnut Wardrobe by Betty Joel (Token Works). A lovely combined wardrobe and chest of drawers of very clean design which would work equally well in a period or modern setting, providing an excellent amount of storage. A very decorative, classic Betty Joel, design in an attractive alternative timber to oak (an probably more highly prized on some early Arts & Crafts circles). Featuring:
- 2 Wardrobe sections each with a transverse hanging rail (and deep enough for a modern coat hanger) and twin shoe rails.
- Central section with 6 graduated drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails) with a lift front cupboard at the top.
- Plinth base.
- Can easily be separated into 4 parts for easy transportation (the largest section being 60 x 70 x 170cm).
- Elaborately veneered doors (Not the wafer thin veneer used on mass produced furniture to hide mdf or plywood but carefully selected decorative veneer added by a craftsman onto a solid Walnut base to add decorative effect).
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Width 1980mm (6 feet 5 3/4 inches).
- Overall Depth 610mm (2 feet).
- Overall Height Wardrobe Sections 1700mm (5 feet 6 3/4 inches).
- Overall Width Wardrobe Sections 700mm (2 feet 3 1/2 inches).
- Overall Height Drawer Section 1800mm (5 feet 10 3/4 inches).
- Overall Width Drawer Section 600mm (1 foot 11 1/2 inches).
Expected Token Works label on the back.
Very presentable overall condition with good colour, clean finish, tight joints and smoothly sliding drawers. Moulding along the front edges of the doors a bit chipped, one chip and the lower right corner of the right hand unit, replacement internal floors., A few other minor marks and dints discoverable upon close inspection, less than expected with an item that has been in use for over 90 year. 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.
Betty Joel of Knightsbridge (Token Works) (1894 to 1985): A 1920s Art and Crafts furniture Maker founded by Betty Joel [Elizabeth Mary Stewart Lockart]. Joel inherited the ethos of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, but added the manufacturing standards and techniques from boatbuilding. By 1937 she was the most revered name in bespoke furniture in England with a high class showroom in Knightsbridge. Clients included well known show business and professional names and Royalty.
Walnut is truly special timber with a delicious range of brown and grey creamy colours. The amount of feature depends on where the tree was grown, the best being English with its decorative grain, deep colouring, lustre and durability. It is highly prized for high class furniture, although its high cost and scarcity mean that solid walnut is only found in the very best items.
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 such as exposed joints, chamfered edges and chip carved edge details. The style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward, Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire, 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.
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