Arts & Crafts Furniture
P. E. Gane Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Sideboard c. 1910
An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak Sideboard by P. E. Gane c. 1910. A lovely Cotswold School sideboard by this high class maker taking cues from typical Peter Waals designs and make from very decorative oak. Featuring:
- Solid English Oak.
- 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.).
- 2 drawers with stepped fronts (made with single plank fronts solid drawer carcasses joined with lap and through dovetails and solid bases).
- Hand turned handles.
- 2 doors with single plank stepped fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons.
- Rectangular top made out of just two continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber.
- Raised upstand.
- Octagonal legs.
- Hand carved decoration on the front.
Approximate dimensions are:
- Overall Length 1530mm (5 feet).
- Overall Depth 510mm (1 foot 8 inches).
- Overall Height (less upstand) 910mm (2 feet 11 3/4 inches).
Ivorine maker’s label inside the lower drawer.
Very good condition with snugly closing doors, working locks, smoothly sliding drawers and rich colour. 2 handles are chipped and some colour variation. 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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