Heal and Co (Ambrose Heal) Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Bureau


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An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak bureau by Heal and Co (Ambrose Heal) made in about 1920. A classic heals design and a rich golden oak colour. This bureau was made over 90 years ago and is still as sound and stylish and it was then. Treated with care it will last several more lifetimes, featuring:
  • Made in well figured English Oak
  • Three drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with lap and through dovetails)
  • Fall front enclosing pigeon holes


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 92 cm (3 feet and a quarter)
  • overall width 74 cm (2 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • overall depth 42 cm (1 foot 4 and a half inches)
  • height to the top of the fall front when open 66 cm (2 feet 2 inches)
  • height from the top of the fall front when open to the top of the burea 26 cm (10 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


c. 1920


Heal and Co. ivorine disk with four-poster (introduced in the 1920s) inset in the top drawer


Good clean sound condition with smoothly sliding drawers, excellent colour, work flap supports and tight joints. Two light ring marks on the top and a few other minor scuffs 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

About Heal and Co

Heal and Co (Ambrose Heal): One of the first Arts and Crafts makes to bring efficient business processes to the design and production of quality furniture. Sir Ambrose Heal had the vision to work with the most skilled craftspeople of the day, creating furniture that was comfortable, beautiful – reflecting the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement but at a more affordable price. Today Heals furniture from the period 1900 to 1940 is highly prized

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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