Edward Barnsley Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Extending Dining Table



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak extending dining table by The Barnsley Workshop made in about 1970. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • Four interlinked and swept square section supports
  • Drop in extending leaf made from two continuous planks of solid English Oak
  • Two sliding semicircular leaves each made from three continuous planks of solid English Oak
  • Custom made sliding movement in solid oak


A classic and exceptionally stylish Edward Barnsley design made to the very high standard expected from one of the premier Arts and Crafts makers of the twentieth century. Round tables are far more sociable that typical rectangular ones, allowing everyone to see and talk to each other. This one extend to create a table 6 feet by 5 feet


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 73 cm (2 feet 4 and three quarters inches)
  • overall diameter 151 cm (4 feet 11 and a half inches)
  • overall length with additional leaf 201 cm (6 feet 7 and a quarter 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. 1970


The expected 'Barnsley' stamp (see page 163, Figure 80 in Edward Barnsley and his Workshop: Arts and Crafts in the Twentieth Century by Annette Carruthers, White Cockade Publishing, 1992) to the underside of the legs. This design is also pictured in 'Edward Barnsley: Sixty Years of Furniture Design and Cabinet Making by The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust, 1982, page 62

About Edward Barnsley

Edward Barnsley (1900 to 1987): A designer and maker of furniture, teacher and important figure in the 20th Century British Arts and Crafts movement. He is widely recognised as one of the most important British furniture designers of the twentieth century who developed the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney. His work is known for it's clean modern forms with decorative details derived largely from utilitarian elements: exposed joinery, unusual panels, interesting pulls and latches and close to wood grain and pattern. 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 Furniture

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


Very good clean sound condition. A few minor knocks on the inner edge of the top and minor colour variation. 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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