Gordon Russell Design 729/6314 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Cherry Bed 1931



A pair of Gordon Russell cherry single beds made in 1931 with triple panel construction on square frame and legs. The original makers paper label from Broadway workshops states the cabinet maker as W. Osbourne and the Foreman as F Shilton. Irons and modern slats included. 2 available, price per bed


An attractive bed from the early and highest quality period of this top arts and crafts maker. 2 available, price per bed


Approximate dimensions:
  • headboard height 86 cm (2 feet 9 and three quarters inches)
  • footboard height 54 cm (1 foot 9 and a quarter inches)
  • width 92 cm (3 feet and a quarter)
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




The original makers paper label from Broadway workshops states the cabinet maker as W. Osbourne and the Foreman as F Shilton on each headboard. An identical pair of beds was sold at Rosebery's Auctioneers in 2004

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 Cherry

Cherry: Cherry is a hardwood with a fine, straight grain that ranges from reddish brown to blond. It is often used for fine furniture and has a rich, beautiful colour

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 sound condition. 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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