A rare set of 8 oak antique dining chairs by Arthur Simpson of Kendal. Each chair having a slightly raking back with a gently curving top rail. The backs having the Simpson trade mark wonderful leather panels with brass studded detail, which is repeated on the shaped seats. Raised on slightly tapering front supports with gently raked rear supports and with high stretcher supports. These chairs are pure Arthur Simpson in design with their clean lines, wonderful choice of oak and leather and yet completely comfortable and sturdy. English circa 1900
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 craftedantique cabinets, chairs and chests can still be found in Cumbria today.
Condition: This rare set of 8 chairs are in excellent condition, superb original colour and patination. Two studs missing.
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