Arts and Crafts Lakes School Leather Stool by Arthur Simpson of Kendal


An Arts and Crafts Lakes School Stool by Arthur Simpson of Kendal made in about 1920. A nice example of this iconic Simpson design. Featuring:

  • Dished top with leather lattice strapwork.
  • Square tapering legs joined by stretchers.

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 390mm (15 inches)
  • Overall Width 410mm (16 inches)
  • Overall Depth 310mm (12 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. 1920

Unmarked but clearly a Simpson design and construction. This design is very clearly shown in 'The Simpsons of Kendal: Fine Furniture Makers' by The Millinery Works, London 2008 on page 25

In remarkably good condition with tight joints (with none of the repairs so often done to these stools) and all the leather straps intact with minimal scuffing.. 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.

Arthur W. Simpson and his Kendal based furniture making company 'The Handicrafts' was a renowned arts and crafts maker associated with very high quality hand crafted furniture, who worked with by members of the Artworker's Guild, such as Voysey and Baillie-Scott. Today, items of Simpson furniture are hard to find and avidly collected. Materials, workmanship and design are always of the highest quality

Mahogany has traditionally ranked among the finest cabinet woods and is exceptionally stable and clear with a natural luster

The Arts & Crafts Lakes School was a development of the Arts and Craft Cotswold School. The most significant designers and makers were Arthur Simpson, in Kendal, Stanley Webb Davies at Windermere and the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. Peter Hall of Staveley still produces furniture in this tradition. The Lakes School maintained the ideals with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, the use of beautiful locally materials and the focus traditional tools and techniques. In fact Stanley Webb Davies' workshop didn't use any power tools at all, even to cut logs from timber! The dominant material was English Oak and typical decorative details often include exposed joints and subtle carved details

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