Tom Philipson (Arthur W. Simpson) Arts & Crafts Lakes School English Oak Tray



An Arts & Crafts Lakes School English Oak tray by Tom Philipson (ex-Arthur Simpson). This item features:
  • Curved handles
  • Dovetail joints at the corners


A classic Lakes School item


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 60 cm (1 foot 11 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 36 cm (1 foot 2 inches)
  • overall height 5 cm (1 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. 1950


Maker's stamp to the underside

About Tom Philipson

Tom Philipson (Ex-Arthur Simpson): One of Arthur Simpson's craftsmen who later made high quality Arts & Crafts items in the Simpson style in his own workshop

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 Lakes School

The Arts & Crafts Lakes School was a development of the Arts and Craft Cotswold School. The most significant designers and makers were Arthur Simpson, in Kendal, Stanley Webb Davies at Windermere and the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. Peter Hall of Staveley still produces furniture in this tradition. The Lakes School maintained the ideals with its simple lines, attention to the finest of details, the use of beautiful locally materials and the focus traditional tools and techniques. In fact Stanley Webb Davies' workshop didn't use any power tools at all, even to cut logs from timber!The dominant material was English Oak and typical decorative details often include exposed joints and subtle carved details


Very good clean original 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

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