Gordon Russell Arts and Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Dining Table 1927

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Features

An Arts and Crafts Cotswold School English oak dining table with double octagonal column legs, chamfered sledge support feet connected by a low chamfered centre stretcher. Pegged joints and exposed though tenon joints. This design was produced by Gordon Russell throughout the 1930s, although these later versions used more mass production techniques and had reduced features such as pegged joints and exposed tenons

Comment

An early item beautifully made from top quality quarter sawn oak and in excellent condition with good deep colour

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • height 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches)
  • width 83 cm (2 feet 8 and three quarters inches)
  • depth 75 cm (2 feet 5 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

Date

1927

Identification

A well known Gordon Russell design. Russell Workshop paper label to the underside (design No. 318, made by J. Driessche, 27/5/1927) and pictured in Ats and Crafts Furniture by Andrews, 2nd edn, p.226. A slightly longer table of the same design from 1926 sold at Mallams Oxford Design, Modern British & Post War-Art Auction, December 8th 2016, Lot 285

About Gordon Russell

Gordon Russell: One of the most important names in British design and a leading maker of arts and crafts furniture. His early furniture was hand-made in small numbers to a very high standard, adopting the Cotswold School philosophy pioneered by Ernest Gimson and the Barnsleys of usefulness and truth to materials. Always passionate about high standards of craftsmanship, many of his 1930s designs evolved to bridge the gap from the early arts and crafts movement to modern, minimalist forms while retaining the quality of materials and construction expected of the best Arts & Crafts furniture

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 with a very rich deep colour. A few minor dints knock and marks. 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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