Arts & Crafts Furniture

Gordon Russell Cotswold School Arts Crafts Walnut Chest of Drawers

Sale price Price £595.00 Regular price

Summary

A Gordon Russell Cotswold School Arts and Crafts Walnut Chest of Drawers from 1940, with three full width drawers (with solid oak carcasses constructed with hand-cut lap and through dovetails and solid oak bases) and curved edges to the sides and turned handles

Identification

'Gordon Russell Ltd' copper label on the back

Comment

An early Gordon Russell item which is beautifully designed and made using top quality materials. These early Russell items should not be confused with the later machine made and mass produced items they made

Size

Approximate dimensions are: height 76 cm (2 feet 6 inches), width 107 cm (3 feet 6 and a quarter inches) and 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

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 Walnut

Walnut: English walnut is considered to be one of the most beautiful timbers because of its decorative grain, deep colouring, lustre and durability. It is highly prized for high class furniture, although its high cost and scarcity mean that solid walnut is only found in the very best

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

A very clean example with excellent deep colour. A few minor gaps along the grain and minor dints and scuffs commensurate with its age. 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