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Stock ref: DS1934

Circa 1921/1925

A superb Arthur W. Simpson of Kendal Arts & Crafts  Oak Occasional Table of oval form with a lipped top, supported by four shaped legs joined by a lower shelf. Beautiful condition and colour, bearing the incised number 8865 and  The Handicrafts  ID disc to the underside, suggesting a manufacturing date of either 1921 or 1925. Privately sourced  from the Fylde area.

Size:65.5(w) x 43.2(d) x 62(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1603

Circa 1904 / 1931

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Chair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert.  The chair with a shaped single splatted back and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Stamped 9410 to the underside. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide with a particularly fine colour and patina.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 43(w) x 47(d) x 95.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1601

Circa 1904 / 1931

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Low Armchair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert. The chair with shaped arms, twin slatted chair back  and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Marked  9367 to the underside by hand. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide nicely coloured and patinated.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 54(w) x 56(d) x 86(h)cm, seat height 35cm.

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Stock ref: DS1602

Circa 1904 / 1930

An excellent and genuine oak Occasional Chair from the Kendal, Cumbria workshop of Arthur Simpson and his son Hubert. Wonderfully carved detailing to the chair back  and complete with original hide seat, turned over the front and rear of the seat, secured with domed upholstery pins and backed on the underside with hessian. Stamped 9229 to the underside. This design is typical of their work in the early 20th Century so it is possible the piece could have been made at either the end of the first batch of 10,000 pieces made,  or the  second batch, as the same job/design numbers were repeated.

Excellent overall condition, no loose joints, the hide with a particularly fine colour and patina.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 43(w) x 47.5(d) x 90(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1605

Circa 1934

A genuine and highly usable example of a 5' Tall 6 Drawer Oak Chest from the Cumbrian Arts and Crafts furniture maker Arthur W Simpson of Kendal, and his son Hubert, who took over  the business from his father in 1922.  The design is typical of their later 20s and 30s work  and is a highly engineered piece of furniture. Each drawer section has its own full base secured to the framework, ensuring  both structural rigidity and considerable weight.  The drawers are all graduated and deep, ranging in depth from 14.8 to 22.6 cm, a look on the underside of the drawers confirms the use of the very finest cabinet making skills. Complemented by contrasting ebonised / dark stained wooden handles. Stamped to the rear with the the job/design number 9853, suggesting a manufacturing date of 1934, although collectors will know the marking system was not always consistent, if applied at all.

Lovely overall condition, although the right side panel  has suffered a heat shrinkage split, most likely caused by proximity to a heat source such as a radiator (shown in the image gallery below). The pricing below reflects this, however,  the usability and structural rigidity is not adversly affected in any way. Slight expected wear to the drawer handle finish.

Known to have been purchased originally by Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite, Nr Kendal. Passed to her sister Hilda on her death in 1942, coincidentaly Hubert Simpson's neighbour, and hence by family descent, together with a number of other pieces of Simpson's work we have acquired.

Size: 84(w) x  48(d) x 152.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1604

Circa 1918

Genuine A W Simpson of Kendal Arts and Crafts dished oak 'Easy Stool' with webbed leather seat held in place with domed upholstery studs. Four square corner legs each tapering to an octagonal foot. Correct 'Handicrafts' label to the underside with the number 4671 stamped into the wood, dating the piece to about 1918.

Presents in excellent solid condition, the oak displaying a lovely aged and waxed patina. As is usual, the original leather may well have been replaced in the past is in  very good condition with no splits or tears.

Known to be originally from the estate of Annie Taylor of Crosthwaite,Nr kendal, hence to her sister (Hebert Simpson's neighbour) and descendants.

Size: 40.5(w) x 30.5(d) x 25.5(h)cm

For those interested in learning more about his life and work i can highly recommend the following publications:
The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885-1952 by Eleanor Davidson, published 1978.
The Beautiful Furniture of the Simpsons of Kendal by Hugh Wright, published 2011.

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Stock ref: DS1341

Circa 1920s/30s

Genuine A W Simpson rectangular oak and lattice leather topped 'Easy Stool'. The webbed leather seating is held in place by upholstery studs. Four square corner legs each tapering to an octagonal foot. Correct painted brass label to the underside, although there is no visible job or patent registration number.

Lovely condition, the oak has a lovely aged and waxed patina and all the joints are sound.  There's evidence of a minor wood repair in the past to the inside edge of the underside (visible in the image gallery below) and the original leather has been replaced in the past  with a good quality thick hide which is in excellent condition.

Size: 40.5(w) x 30.5(d) x 30.5(h) cm.

For those interested in learning more about his life and work I can highly recommend the following two books:
The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885 - 1952 by Eleanor Davidson, published 1978.
The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal by Hugh Wright, published 2011.  (Author of Stanley Webb Davies) 

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Stock Ref: DS1316

Circa 1901

A superb solid oak serving tray from the workshops of renowned Arts and Crafts maker Arthur W Simpson of Kendal, wonderful  rich colour and presented in excellent waxed condition.  Lovely typical early 20th century fluid curved design with beautifully executed foliate carving to the tray handles and exposed wedged tennon joints, all tight and sound. Labelled to the underside Arthur W Simpson, The Handicrafts, Kendal and  stamped with the  number 7749.

Size: 67(w) x 36(d) x 7.5(h) cm

For those keen to learn more about Arthur Simpson of Kendal i can highly recommend  the following books:

The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal, Hugh Wright, 2011.

The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885-1952, Eleanor Davidson, 1978.

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Stock ref: DS1307

1936

A solid oak Arts and Crtafts planter or waste paper bin of square tapered design with a castellated top from  the workshop of the renowned Cumbrian maker Arthur W Simpson of Kendal.

Labelled  to the base and feintly stamped X108 which would date the piece to 1936.

Size: 21.5 (square at top), 17(square at base)cm

For those keen to learn more about Arthur Simpson of Kendal i can highly recommend  the following books:

The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal, Hugh Wright, 2011.

The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885-1952, Eleanor Davidson, 1978.

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Stock ref: DS1132

Circa 1930s / early 1940s

Solid walnut waste paper bin / planter with contrasting rosewood handles and feet. Of square form with a slight taper to the base.  Superb colour and condition externally with just minor internal light staining commensurate with everyday usage as intended.

This piece is unmarked but  was acquired as part of a larger collection of pieces with excellent provenance to a Windermere family with a significant collection of Arthur Simpson and Stanley Webb Davies Arts and Crafts furniture, all acquired in the pre war years. It is also constructionally very similar to the  oak  planter / waste paper bin that bears an AWS label and was from the same collection of pieces.

 

Size: 20.5(w) x 20.5(d) x 26.5(h). Note the width including handles is 23.5cm

 

For those keen to learn more about Arthur Simpson of Kendal i can highly recommend  the following books:

The Beautiful Furniture of The Simpsons of Kendal, Hugh Wright, 2011.

The Simpsons of Kendal, Craftsmen in Wood 1885-1952, Eleanor Davidson, 1978.

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