Keith Moorey (ex-Mouseman & ex-Barnsley) Cotswold School English Oak Wardrobe


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A Costwold School English Oak double wardrobe by Keith L Moorey (ex-Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson & Edward Barnsley) made in 1965. A very pleasingly elegant and well proportioned design of remarkably modern form, made to a very high standard from excellent oak. The transverse rail allows it to accommodate modem hangers. This wardrobe was made over 50 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, featuring:
  • Very well figured solid quarter-sawn English Oak throughout (quarter-sawing is a method of sawing oak logs to produce boards with superior strength, making it less likely to crack, shrink or warp. It also gives the finished boards prominent highly decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.)
  • Subtly adzed on both the sides and the top (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Sides each made from just two continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber, with exposed dovetails at the joints with the top and base
  • Two doors with single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs, with hand made latches
  • Shaped Cotswold style handles
  • Fully panelled back with With single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by through tenons secured with hand made pegs
  • Solid oak base, with button screwed fixing
  • Single oak transverse hanging rail
  • On castors


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches)
  • overall width 99 cm (3 feet 3 inches)
  • overall depth 55 cm (1 foot 9 and a half 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




From Keith L. Moorey's estate


Excellent condition, with tight joints, snugly closing doors, smoothly sliding latches and good original finish. Slight contraction gaps o the sides. 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 Keith L. Moorey

Keith L. Moorey (Robert Mouseman Thompson & Edward Barnsley) (1930 to 2019): Keith L. Moorey trained under Robert Thompson from 1947 to 1960, then went on to train under Edward Barnsley. There can be few craftsmen to have studied under both of these major figures in the Arts & Crafts moment, and it shows in the subtle blending of Yorkshire and Cotswold School styles, exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail

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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