Set of 6 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School English Oak dining Chairs


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A set of 6 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School dining chairs. An excellent shape very much following the design of Edward Barnsley coronation chairs, featuring:

  • Well figured English oak
  • Square section legs joined by h stretchers
  • Three slats in the back
  • Drop in seat pads

Approximate dimensions:

  • overall height 90 cm (2 feet 11 and a half inches)
  • overall width 50 cm (1 foot 7 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 45 cm (1 foot 5 and three quarters inches)
  • seat height 44 cm (1 foot 5 and a quarter inches) (more or less the standard height for a chair)
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

Very good clean condition. 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

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

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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