Gordon Russell Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Oak Sideboard c. 1935



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School quarter-sawn English oak sideboard by Gordon Russell made in about 1935. This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Plain top (made from three continuous planks of solid English Oak)
  • 2 drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • 2 cupboard doors with fielded panels
  • Hand turned handles


A beautifully designed and made sideboard in rich golden oak by Gordon Russell, one of the top Arts & Crafts makers of the twentieth century, and from its early and best period. This Sideboard was made over 80 years ago and is still as sound and stylish and it was then, it treated with care it will last several more lifetimes


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 92 cm (3 feet and a quarter)
  • overall width 122 cm (4 feet)
  • overall depth 48 cm (1 foot 7 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


This sideboard belonged to Maisie Palmer who worked for a number of years at the Gordon Russell factory and remained with her until her passing in early 2017. A sideboard of this design complete with a copper 'Gordon Russell Ltd' label was sold at Gorringes Weekly Sale - Monday 18th December 2017, Lot 877. A sideboard of very similar design can be also seen on page of 69 Jeremy Myserson's 'Gordon Russell: Designer of Furniture.'

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


In remarkably clean and attractive overall original un-restored condition. A few marks inside and to the bases of the drawers. Historic worm holes to the base, back and side panels (fully treated and not visible in normal use). 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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