Peter Waals Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Wardrobe c.1935


An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Wardrobe designed by Peter Waals and made under his supervision by final year students at Loughborough College students training to be handicraft teachers made in around 1935. A lovely item to a Peter Waals design, intended to allow the makers to demonstrate their fine cabinetmaking skills wand provide comprehensive bedroom storage in limited space.. Featuring:

  • Single wardrobe door with single plank raised fielded panels with typical Waals’ design rails and stiles.
  • Single transverse hanging rail and twin shoe rails.
  • 4 graduated drawers (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Bookcase with 2 fixed shelves
  • Exposed wedged tenons and the sides and exposed dovetails at the edges
  • Single plank raised fielded panel back

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1880mm (6 feet 2 inches)
  • Overall Width 1450mm (4 feet 9 inches)
  • Wardrobe width 610mm (2 feet)
  • Overall Depth 540mm (1 foot 9 1/4 inches)
  • Chest of drawers height 1060mm (3 feet 5 1/2 inches)
  • Shelf depth 190mm ( 7 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. 1935

A very well known design. An example can be seen on display at the Charnwood Museum, Loughborough

Very good condition, smoothly sliding drawers, snugly closing door, tight joints, original finish. A few minor marks and scuffs in places. The original plinth has been replaced with simple feet.. 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.

Peter Waals (Ex-Gimson): A Dutch born cabinet maker associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, who was foreman and chief cabinet maker at Ernest Gimson's Daneway House workshop at Sapperton. After Gimson's death in 1919 he continued to run the Daneway Workshops. Considered by many to be the finest cabinet maker of the 20th century

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 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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