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Stock ref: DS1868

1952

An excellent set of 6 solid oak dining chairs from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School trained Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Stanley Webb Davies pieces are rare to the market and increasingly highly sought after, representing understated Arts and Crafts furniture at its very best, in the Cotswold School style of Gimson, Romney Green and the Barnsley's. Every piece is totally unique, SWD was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by Sydney A. Johnston and numbered I to VI.

As you would expect from such high quality craftsmanship all the chairs are structurally sound,  with a more recent reupholstery in a plain cream white cotton to the drop-in padded seats. We have photograhed the chairs in 'as purchased' condition and, whilst fully usable as they are,  all would benefit from a clean and re-wax to remove accumulated grime and minor spill stains. We will be happy to discuss with clients their preferences and can price accordingly.

Size: 45.5(w) x 51.5(d) x 97.5(h)cm each

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Stanley Webb Davies: Family, Friends and Furniture
Written by Ian Naylor & Harold Heys, published by Naylor Publishing 2016

 

Stock ref: DS1663

Stanley's legacy of fine furniture is increasingly well known and appreciated by collectors of Arts and Crafts furniture but relatively little has been researched and recorded, until now, about Stanley himself, particularly his early life which so clearly went on to inspire and influence the highly pricipled man and passionate craftsman he was throughout his adult life.

This new biography, produced with the assistance of his family descendants and friends, chronicles his most interesting life and work; his family background in cotton manufacturing in Lancashire, congregationalism and quakerism, schooldays and Oxford university, his objections to war and his subsequent relief work in France for 3 years with the Society of Friends. On return to the UK he honed his inate woodworking skills and trained under the tutelage of Arthur Romney Green,  before marriage to Emily and setting up home and business in Windermere, where he and Emily lived for the remainder of their lives. The business survived highs and lows for almost 40 years and the book chronicles Stanley and Emily's life through this period and into retirement and old age.

Wriiten by Ian Naylor, a keen admirer and collector of his work and retired journalist Harold Heys, the book is A4 sized with glossy soft cover, 188 pages and over 150 photographs, some never seen before from the family archive, and numerous other contributors, ourselves included, we're proud to say.

Available to collect from our home address in Kirkby Fleetham, Northallerton or from our showroom within the Preston Antiques Centre.

Packing and postage is available, pricing depending on the destination and service used. Please contact us to discuss this.

£ 15.00 (excluding P&P)

 

Stock ref: DS1790

1948

An  exceptional  quality and exquisitely handcrafted solid walnut 3 tier Display / Cake Stand from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. 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 Ernest Gimson, the Barnsley's and Arthur Romney Green. Every piece made over a 40 year period is unique as Stanley was resolute in never producing exactly the same design twice. The underside of the upper tier is marked in typical fashion with the inscribed SWD cartouche, the craftsman's own initials JCB and the date, 1948.

The signature bears a close resemblance that that used by James Cleasby Dent JCD but on close inspection is definitely a B not a D so, unfortunately,  nothing appears to be known about this particular craftsman. Hugh Wrights book: Stanley Webb Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker acknowledges that not all the craftsmen are know as the costing books are incomplete. There is reference  to a John Britain in the period 1947-51 but it has been thought he was not allowed to sign his work as " he was on some sort of work experience with davies and went on to train as a teacher." Clearly  the piece is of the highest quality and whoever made it had the full backing of Stanley to mark it with all the usually expected SWD markings.

The stand displays the very finest craftsmanship and cabinet making techniques combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Each piece of walnut has been carefully selected  for it's individual grain and colour and no screws are used in the construction; visible wedged tennons  with contrasting oak wedges are used throughout and they all remain as tight as the day they were made. Other typical SWD features include the scalloped / dog bite  side edges, chiselled tooling to the circular central sections of each tier  and the curved canted edges.

Cleaned and re-oiled in our workshop the 3 tier stand presents in  exceptional condition, the colour and graining  now as  rich and vibrant as the day it was made almost 70 years ago.

Hugh's book as well as a new 2016 publication entitled Stanley Webb Davies - Family Friends & Furniture by  Ian Naylor and Harold Heys (available from us) are highly recommend to those interested in learning more about  Stanley Webb Davies and his talented craftsmen.

Size: 29.5(w) x 21.5(d) x 79(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1648

1959

A rare and highly sought after Cotswold School Arts and Crafts oak Nest of Tables by James Cleasby Dent ( 1920 - 2003),  featuring the carving details and skills he acquired whilst working at the renowned Stanley Webb Davies workshop in Windermere, Cumbria. Of larger size than is usually seen each of the three tables is of tall rectangular form with shaped and chamferred legs joined by arched shaped stretchers. All the joints feature oak dowel pins and exposed wedged tennons.

James's trademark twin acorns  is carved in relief to the side apron of the smallest table. The underside of the largest table is also initialled and dated by James  in typical SWD fashion.

The nest of tables presents in superb waxed condition with no faults or staining and has a superb depth of medium oak colour. 

James was born into a farming family in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Interested in woodwork from an early age he started working with Stanley Webb Davies as a fee paying student, later becoming an apprentice and then a fully qualified craftsman.  He worked at the SWD Gatesbield workshop until 1954, leaving to set up his own workshop in Ravenstondale near Kirkby Stephen, after his wife Kathleen took up a teaching post at the local village school. The church in Kirkby Stephen contains numerous examples of his work and Stanley himself in 1976 is recorded as remarking that he regarded his font cover in the church as " a masterpiece".

Hugh Wright's biography on Stanley Webb Davies contains many references to James Dent (see especially p 102, 109-111).  It, together with a new 2016 publication entitled Stanley Webb Davies - Family Friends & Furniture by  Ian Naylor and Harold Heys are highly recommend to those interested in learning more about  Stanley Webb Davies and his talented craftsmen.

Table Sizes: Lge - 60.8(w) x 44.8(d) x 61(h)cm
                  Med - 49.8)w) x 35.5(d) x 56.5(h)cm
                  Sml - 39.8(w) x 26.5(d) x 52(h)cm

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Stock refs: DS1532 / DS1533

1955

Two superb solid oak 3' single beds from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Complete   with original Vono  metal side rails and each with a high quality mattress base. Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and wax in our workshop. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by F. Ellison. Offered individually or as a pair.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother  William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974. Hugh Wright's book Stanley Web Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker, makes reference on page 35 to Stanley's regular visits to Agnes (Aggie) in her later years.

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DS1534

1955

A superb solid oak armchair from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.  Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and wax in our workshop. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by E.J. Olcorn.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974. Hugh Wright's book Stanley Web Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker makes reference on page 35 to Stanley's regular visits to Agnes (Aggie) in her later years.

Size: 56.5(w) x 54(d) x 92(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1535

1955

A superb solid oak dining / side chair from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details.  Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and wax in our workshop. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by E.J. Olcorn.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother  William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974. Hugh Wright's book Stanley Web Davies 1894-1978, Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker makes reference on page 35 to Stanley's regular visits to Agnes (Aggie) in her later years.

Size: 44.5(w) x 54(d) x 91.5(h)

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Stock ref: DS1536

1955

A superb solid oak four legged stoolfrom the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Featutres a fabric upholstered drop in seat supported by four octagonally carved legs joined by lower stretchers, with exposed dowel pin  and wedged tennon joints.

Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a gentle clean and wax in our workshop. Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by S A Johnston.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974.

Size:37(w) x 34.5(d) x 38(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1531

1955

A superb solid oak bedside cabinet from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details. Of typical form with upstand to the rear of the top , open shelf and cupboard  with inner shelf below, on a plinth base. The door handle in contrasting dark walnut with beautifully exposed wedge joints. Typical curved edges to the cabinet, exposed cogged dovetailing and wedged tennons throughout. Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a clean and wax in our workshop. Complete with protective glass top (not shown in the images below). Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by F Ellison.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974.

Size: 42.5(w) x 35(d) x 77.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1530

1955

An exceptional solid oak dressing table and full length adjustable bevelled mirror from the Windermere, Cumbria workshop of Stanley Webb Davies, the renowned Cotswold School Arts and Crafts furniture maker. Displaying the very finest cabinet making techniques and skills combined with meticulous attention to the smallest details, even on the rear and the drawer bases and backs. For example, the rear hidden screw adjuster for the mirror is hand turned from contrasting dark walnut.  Three graduated drawers to each side with a central mirror and drawer below, all the drawers with canted fronts and contrasting dark walnut handles. Typical curved edges, exposed cogged dovetailing and wedged tennons throughout. Stunning golden oak colour  and in excellent condition following a clean and wax in our workshop. Complete with protective glass tops (not shown in the images below). Signed and dated in the expected SWD manner, made by EJ Oldcorn and SA Johnston.

Privately acquired and with excellent provenance, part of a full bedroom suite bespoke made for his older brother William  R. Davies and his wife Agnes. Complete with letter from Agnes dated 1974.

Size: 154(w) x 53.5(d) x 149(h)cm including mirror.

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