Arts & Crafts Furniture
P. E. Gane Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Dining Table c. 1910.
An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Dining Table by P. E. Gane c. 1910. A very clean simple design made from very well figured oak. Featuring:
- Solid English Oak throughout.
- Rectangular top made out of just four continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber with button screwed fixing.
- Very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak (quarter-sawing is a way of sawing oak to produce boards with superior strength which also reveals decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.).
- Square legs with chamfered edges.
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Width 910mm (2 feet 11 3/4 inches).
- Overall Height 750mm (2 feet 5 1/2 inches) [A standard height for a dining table].
- Overall Length 1510mm (4 feet 11 1/4 inches).
Maker’s ivorine label.
Good condition with clean finish. Slight gap between the end of the two central plank. 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.
P. [Philip] E. [Endres] Gane Ltd (1909-1954), were cabinet makers who became associated with producing quality Arts & Crafts and Arts Nouveau furniture. Gane became sole proprietor of Trapnell & Gane cabinet makers in 1909 and took the opportunity to not only change its name to his own, but also to move away from the more traditional commissions from royalty and the establishment, and explore new developments in Arts & Crafts design.
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.
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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