Gordon Russell Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Enstone Sideboard 1935


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An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak 'Enstone' Sideboard by Gordon Russell, designed by W. H. Russell (design no. 1162) made in about 1935. A very pleasingly simple but elegant design of remarkably modern form. This sideboard was made over 80 years ago giving it a warmth and charm not found in new items. It is however still as sound and stylish as it was when made and treated with care it will last many more lifetimes. These 1930's Gordon Russell items are far superior to the items they produced in the 1950s and 1960s., featuring:
  • English quarter-sawn English oak
  • Rectangular top with rounded corners made out of just three continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber, with button screwed fixing
  • Two doors with raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons
  • Three central drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses)
  • Hand carved handles
  • Octagonal legs
  • Natural oil based finish


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 167 cm (5 feet 5 and three quarters inches)
  • overall height 80 cm (2 feet 7 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 53 cm (1 foot 8 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. 1935


'Gordon Russell Ltd' copper label to the back (introduced in 1929 and phased out in about 1940). The another example of this design see Bonhams 'Decorative Arts including Jewellery, Gordon Russell & Cotswold School Furniture' Sale 4 Nov 2009. Lot 6


Very good clean condition with snugly closing doors, smoothly sliding drawers, excellent rich colour and grain, free from woodworm and tight joints. A few very minor marks and dints discoverable upon close inspection, as expected with an item that has been in use for 80 years. 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

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 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


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