18 April 2021




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

49.5" wide x 29.5" deep x 29" high (knee hole 25" high x 25.5" wide)

A Rare Arts & Crafts Oak Desk By Arthur Simpson Of Kendal. The solid oak top with a moulded edge and having four oak lined drawers, each with a typical heart shaped escutcheon and handles by Rathbone. Raised on eight Gothic chamfered supports and united by H stretchers, terminating in eight turned bun feet circa 1900. A wonderful example of Arthur Simpson's simple design and construction and as you would expect beautifully constructed using only the finest oak

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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