Betty Joel (Token Works) Arts & Crafts Walnut Bureau 1929



Arts and Crafts walnut bureau, 1929 designed by Betty Joel and Made at Token Works by W. G. Evans. This item features:
  • Fall front enclosing pigeon holes, three drawers and a secret compartment
  • Four drawers (all made with hand cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Divides into upper and lower sections


A beautifully designed and made item using top quality materials by one of the leading designers and makers of the 1920s and 1930s. This bureau will be featured in 'Women in Design' by Charlotte Fiell, Laurence King Publishers


Approximate dimensions:
  • height 114 cm (3 feet 9 inches)
  • width 68 cm (2 feet 2 and three quarters inches)
  • depth 46 cm (1 foot 6 inches)
  • writing surface height 73 cm (2 feet 4 and three quarters inches)
  • writing surface total depth 45 cm (1 foot 5 and three quarters inches)
  • writing surface total width 60 cm (1 foot 11 and a half inches)
  • writing surface leather depth 35 cm (1 foot 1 and three quarters inches)
  • writing surface leather depth 50 cm (1 foot 7 and three quarters 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




Expected tokenworks a typed and hand written label paper label on the back

About Betty Joel of Knightsbridge

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

About Walnut

Walnut: 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

About Arts & Crafts Other Furniture

The Arts and Crafts Movement produced some of the most remarkable furniture of the twentieth century. Many of its principal designers were architects motivated by principles of functional and beautiful design, high class workmanship, and quality of materials. The results varied from the austerity of Voysey and the simple lines perspectives of the Cotswold School, to the exuberant flair of Liberty and Co. and Ambrose Heal


Excellent condition with good colour and smoothly sliding drawers. Some marks on the leather writing pad. One aperture on the back with allowed the connection of an internal light (which has been removed, but can be supplied). 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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