A Good & Rare Arts & Crafts Period 4 piece oak bedroom suite by Arthur Simpson Of Kendal, comprising of a two door wardrobe, a marble top wash stand, a dressing table and a double bed. The wardrobe having a projecting cornice above twin panelled doors with stylised guild of handicraft inspired floral marquetry motifs reminiscent of C.R. Ashbee and having a rectangular lower storage drawer. The matching marble top wash stand having a shaped back with similar Arts & Crafts inlaid motifs, with a curtain rail above the black and grey veined marble top, with a further two drawers and panelled cupboards below.The dressing table with a rectangular mirrored back again with guild of handicraft rose inlaid detail above a solid oak rectangular top, with two short over three long rectangular drawers beneath. The double bed of typical Simpson simple yet beautiful design with a swept head board and foot board constructed throughout using the best quarter sawn oak. The drawers all lined in mahogany as you would expect from one of the best designers and manufacturers of this period, retaining the original hardware throughout, circa 1900
Condition: This bedroom suite is in excellent original condition, cleaned and waxed.
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Arthur Simpson is one of the forgotten masters of English Arts & Crafts Furniture. Born in Cumbria, in 1857, he showed an early flair for wood carving, taking two apprenticeships and working in London before returning to Kendal to establish his famous Handicrafts workshop. The clean simple lines and superb workmanship of his Arts & Crafts furniture found a ready market locally. Simpson died in 1922, but the workshop continued under the guidance of his son until 1950. Many of Simpson’s finely crafted antique cabinets, chairs and chests can still be found in Cumbria today.