Reynolds of Ludlow Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Light Oak Bureau c. 1955



An Arts & Crafts Cotswold School light oak bureau by Reynolds of Ludlow made in about 1955. This item features:
  • Two short over two long drawers (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Fall front enclosing pigeon holes
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


A useful bureau in the classic Cotswold School tradition, from the early period of Reynolds production


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 97 cm (3 feet 2 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 76 cm (2 feet 6 inches)
  • overall depth 43 cm (1 foot 5 inches)
  • fall height 72 cm (2 feet 4 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. 1955


Maker's label to the upper left drawer

About Reynolds of Ludlow

Reynolds of Ludlow: Arthur Basil Reynolds worked as a craftsman for Stanley Webb Davis in Windemere and then manager and head designed at Brynmawr. He than set up his own furniture business in the late 1940s, drawing on the traditions of the Cotswold School of the Arts & Crafts movement. He produced well-crafted furniture on a small scale until his death in 1960. His work was exhibited at the Festival of Britain and was retailed by Heal's and Dunns. His son, Garth, continued the company in the same vein until the late 1970s

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

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 of the sort; the long chamfers, chip carved edge detailsThe style was embraced and developed by other designers and craftsmen including Gordon Russell, Stanley Webb Davies in Cumbria, Sid Barnsley's son Edward and Arthur Romney Green in Hampshire and 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 condition with good colour and smoothly sliding drawers. A few minor marks inside. 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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