William Birch Arts & Crafts Oak Dressing Table c. 1910



An Arts & Crafts oak dressing table by William Birch made in about 1910 and possibly retailed through Liberty. This item features:
  • Two drawers to the top (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Leaded glass detail
  • Swing mirror
  • Five drawers to the base (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with hand-cut lap and through dovetails)
  • Ring turned legs and mirror support


A very well proportioned and decorative dressing table with practical and stylish storage


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height 163 cm (5 feet 4 and a quarter inches)
  • base height 74 cm (2 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 122 cm (4 feet)
  • overall depth 60 cm (1 foot 11 and a half 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


Very distinctive William Birch ring turned legs and mirror support. For items with showing these featutes see Woolley & Wallis' 'Arts & Crafts, including the Collection of the Late Barbara Morris' auction on 23 Jun 2010, lot 435 and Dreweatt Neate Donnington Priory Salerooms' auction on 01 Nov 2001, Lot 1

About William Birch

William Birch: William Birch Of High Wycombe was an Arts and Crafts furniture designer who specialised in chair making. He pioneered the development of Arts and Crafts furniture locally, and employed well-known designers such as E.G. Punnett, George Walton and Whitehead, adhering to core Arts and Crafts concepts, such as quarter-sawn hardwoods, exposed joints and vernacular craftsmanship, at affordable prices. He was a major supplier of furniture for Liberty and Co. and Goodyer's of Regent Street

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 condition. A few marks and dints on the top and one drop ring missing. 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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