Edward Barnsley Design Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Oak Coffee Table by Acornman



An Edward Barnsley designed Arts & Crafts Cotswold School quarter-sawn English coffee table made by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger. This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Wishbone legs joined with traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Stretcher with exposed tenon
  • Three plank top with curved edges


A large and very elegant well proportioned design by Edward Barnsley, made by a top Yorkshire maker in English Oak


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 153 cm (5 feet and a quarter)
  • overall width 53 cm (1 foot 8 and three quarters inches)
  • overall height 45 cm (1 foot 5 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


c. 1960


The matching dining table in this design is shown on page 119, figure 57 in 'Edward Barnsley and his Workshop: Arts and Crafts in the Twentieth Century' by Annette Carruthers, White Cockade Publishing, 1992. Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif on the stretcher

About Alan 'Acornman' Grainger

Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman): Acorn Industries was started by George Grainger, a former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, in the mid-30s. He trained his son Alan (and Derek 'Lizardman' Slater) who then took over and developed the business. Renowned for high quality pieces, all are hand made from solid English oak finished with the distinctive adzed ripple and bearing the acorn mark

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 light water splash marks on the 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

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