Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple Arts & Crafts English Oak Dressing Chest with hearts



An Arts & Crafts quartersawn English Oak dressing chest with swing mirror by Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple made in c. 1920. This item features:
  • Made in English Oak
  • Chequer banding round the mirror frame
  • 2 short over one long drawers (made with single plank fronts, solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Inverted heart copper handles
  • Heart motifs of the stretchers


A very attractive and useful dressing chest by this highly respected Arts and Crafts maker, known for its stylish designs


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 114 cm (3 feet 9 inches)
  • overall depth 54 cm (1 foot 9 and a quarter inches)
  • overall height 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches)
  • base height 79 cm (2 feet 7 inches)
  • mirror width 54 cm (1 foot 9 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. 1920


'S & P B' stamped on all the locks. Examples of this style of chequer banding by Shapland & Petter is illustrated on page 103 of 'Shapland & Petter Ltd of Barnstaple: Arts and Crafts Furniture' by Daryl Bennett, Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, 2005

About Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple

Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple: A high quality Arts and Crafts furniture maker who employed skilled craftsmen but also used the most up-to-date machinery available for their designs. They are known for elaborate designs with copper fittings

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 Other Furniture

The Arts and Crafts Movement produced some of the most remarkable furniture of the twentieth century. Many of its principal designers were architects motivated by principles of functional and beautiful design, high class workmanship, and quality of materials. The results varied from the austerity of Voysey and the simple lines perspectives of the Cotswold School, to the exuberant flair of Liberty and Co. and Ambrose Heal


Very good sound condition. A few minor marks and stains. One drawer handle has been replaced with a round one. 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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