Edward Barnsley Arts and Crafts Oak Bureau Cabinet 1951

SKU0020140

Features

An arts and crafts oak bureau cabinet by Edward Barnsley [The Barnsley Workshop] made in 1951 with fall front flap inlaid with a red leather writing surface, fitted with an arrangement of drawers (constructed with hand-cut lap and through dovetails) and stationary pigeon holes, above two cupboard doors enclosing adjustable shelves. All constructed with single plank panels of quarter-sawn oak

Comment

A beautifully designed and made item using top quality materials, made by one of the most important British furniture makers of the twentieth century

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • height 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter inches)
  • width 84 cm (2 feet 9 inches)
  • depth 39 cm (1 foot 3 and a quarter inches)
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Date

1951

Identification

Stamped Barnsley inside the cabinet

About Edward Barnsley

Edward Barnsley (1900 to 1987): A designer and maker of furniture, teacher and important figure in the 20th Century British craft movement. He was one of the most important British furniture makers of the twentieth century and developed on the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney in the late nineteenth century. His workshop still produces fine furniture as 'The Barnsley Workshop'

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 Cotswold School

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 of the sort; the long chamfers, chip carved edge detailsThe style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward and Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire and 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

Condition

Excellent 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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