Set of 6 Philip Clissett Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Ash Ladderback Chairs



A set of 6 Arts & Crafts Cotswold School Ash ladderback by Philip Clissett. This item features:
  • Made in Ash
  • Rush seats
  • 5 shaped slats
  • Turned legs and stretchers


An original set of the famous Clissett, which inspired Ernest Gimson's chair designs


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 115 cm (3 feet 9 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 48 cm (1 foot 7 inches)
  • overall depth 42 cm (1 foot 4 and a half inches)
  • seat height 51 cm (1 foot 8 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. 1910


Classic Clissett design with small rounded feet on the front legs, complex stepped decoration on the tops of the front legs, stretchers not peged, 5mm pegs inserted from behind on the top slat, top edges of the slats shaved to a fine edge along their full length, finials with concave shape and stretchers not narrowed at the ends

About Philip Clissett

Philip Clissett (1817 to 1913): A Victorian country chairmaker who influenced and inspired the English Arts and Crafts Movement, furnished the meeting room of the Art Workers Guild and influenced Ernest Gimson who spent six weeks with Clissett learning to make ladderback chairs. Clissett's chairs were also used by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in early commissions, lissett's chairs are now widely collected, and can be found in various museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Geffrye Museum and the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

About Ash

Ash: Ash is a straight grained and very tough timber, characterised by a wide colour range from the whites of the outer layers to the dark olive brown of the heart wood. This colour variation can be used to create a striking visual effect

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


Very good original un-restored condition, sound and solid. Rush seats all in good order. Some old worm damage (treated), but not effecting the appearance or strength. 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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