17 April 2021




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A Rare Arts & Crafts Period Oak Pedestal Desk By Arthur Simpson Of Kendal C1900

49.5" wide x 29.5" deep x 29" high (knee hole 23" high x 25.5" wide)

A rare Arts & Crafts Period Oak desk by Arthur Simpson Of Kendal. The solid oak rectangular top with a moulded edge and having a central rectangular drawer above the panelled kneehole. Flanked by three cedar lined drawers to each pedestal with Simpson stylised carved detail. The ends each having a cupboard for storing files etc, with beautifully carved panels depicting thistles, acorns, roses and dafodils. As you would expect this desk is stunning quality, the choice of timber and execution of carved detail Circe 1900-1910

Condition: This desk is in excellent original condition, waxed

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.


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