An extremely rare Arthur Simpson oak antique music cabinet from the Arts and Crafts Period. The rectangular over hanging top of course made from quarter sawn oak! The central oak panelled door having a beautifully carved central panel with oak leaves and acorn carved detail and an exquisite rathbone handle. The interior having five beautiful quality mahogany sliding trays. A further mahogany lined frieze drawer below again with the trademark rathbone handle. The ends again having beautifully carved panels, one with a Lancashire rose and a Celtic knot, the other with beautifully carved pie-monies and a Celtic knot, the whole raised on solid square supports united by an H stretcher with exposed sandwich tenons circa 1900
Condition: This music cabinet is in stunning original condition, one minor scratch to the top. Fully cleaned and waxed
Arthur Simpson started his apprenticeship at the age of 14, with a Kendal cabinet maker. At the age of 18 he transferred his skills to Gillow’s of Lancaster, where he showed tremendous scope as a woodcarver. Simpson then worked under Samuel Barfield in Leicester, returning to Kendal as an ‘Architectural and General Wood Carver’.
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