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Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere, Arts and Crafts Oak Tray

Stock ref: DS1127

1931

Stanley Webb Davies pieces are very rare to the market and highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson and the Barnsley's. Every piece is totally unique, SWD was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. 

This solid oak tray is signed and dated in typical fashion by the SWD craftsman who made it, Richard (Dick) Cloudsdale. Hand carved and tooled from a single piece of quarter sawn English oak to accentuate the medullary ray figuring in the oak,  it is oval in shape with distinctive scalloped carving all around the top edge and curved sides leading to the flat underside. Superb  deep rich chestnut brown in colour and free from any damage or evidence of repair. Excellent provenance to a Windermere family with a significant collection of Stanley Webb Davies and Arthur Simpson home furnishings.

Size: 35(w) x 20.5(d) x 1.5(h) cm

SWD (1894 -1978)  was the son of a wealthy mill owner in Darwin, Lancs. Oxford educated, he was apprenticed to Arthur Romney Green before setting up home and his business in Windermere, Cumbria in 1923. The business closed in 1960.

Richard (Dicky) Cloudsdale (1908 - 1991) worked  for SWD from 1928 -1954. Brought up in Ambleside he trained as a joiner at his fathers shop before joining SWD.He was a keen cyclist and lover of the Lakeland fells throughout his life.

Information courtesy of Hugh Wright's book published in 2006, Stanley Webb Davies, 1894-1978, Arts and Crafts Furniture Maker. I can highly recommend it  to those keen to learn more about his work. 

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