Ernest Gimson Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Double Bedstead c. 1900



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School oak double bedstead by Ernest Gimson made in about 1900. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak throughout
  • Headboard and footboard each with an arched top and 2 panels (each made from two continuous planks of solid English Oak carved lunette decoration
  • Oak side rails
  • Softwood base
  • Fits a standard modern double mattress


A very striking bed by this important Arts and Crafts designer


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height headboard 134 cm (4 feet 4 and three quarters inches)
  • overall height footboard 110 cm (3 feet 7 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 135 cm (4 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • overall length 209 cm (6 feet 10 and a quarter inches)
  • base length 198 cm (6 feet 6 inches)
  • base height 46 cm (1 foot 6 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. 1900


For a bed of this design, see Moore Allen & Innocent's Selected Antique, Picture, Books & Interiors Sale 24 Nov 2017, lot 608 or National Trust bed NT 1702085 at Stoneywell Cottage, Leicestershire

About Ernest Gimson

Ernest Gimson (1864 to 1919): An English Arts and Crafts furniture designer and architect who was described by the art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as 'the greatest of the English architect-designers'

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 condition and solid. A few minor marks and scuffs. 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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