Arts & Crafts Wardrobe by Arthur Simpson of Kendal c.1900.

Exceptional oak wardrobe by the celebrated Arts & Crafts cabinet makers Arthur Simpson of Kendal c.1900. A large wardrobe with two doors opening to reveal ample hanging space inside, with a single shelf to one side and retaining the original brass rails and hooks.
Though we have not found a signature on the suite we are absolutely confident in the attribution to Simpson. Of striking design and exceptional quality cabinet making, typical of Simpson’s furniture, in solid oak throughout. Unusual shaped detail at the top of the sides and a beautiful example of Simpson carving to the frieze of stylised plant forms on the left hand door, over more traditional panelling. Original full length bevelled dressing mirror to the right hand door, over two useful large drawers in the base. Retaining the superb original hand made brass handles by Richard Rathbone of Liverpool (stamped on the rear) who provided the metalwork for Simpson’s furniture as well as working with other great names of the Arts & Crafts movement such as Macmurdo and Voysey.
Some shadowing to the mirror which could be easily replaced if preferred. Otherwise excellent colour and condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops. Splits into three pieces plus cornice for ease of delivery.

Matching dressing table chest of drawers, wash stand and bedside cabinet sold separately.

Simpson is one of the best regarded furniture makers of the Arts & Crafts period, famously uncompromising in the quality of materials and in the workmanship produced from his workshop in Kendal in Cumbria and retailed at The Handicrafts showroom in Windemere. Simpson was a close friend of the architect Charles Voysey who designed a house for Simpson. The two would often exhibit together and Simpson provided much of the furniture and woodwork for Voysey’s houses in the Lake District. Simpson also worked with H.M Baillie Scott at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts house near Bowness now owned and run by the National Trust


Dimensions: width 72″, depth 22″, height 87″.
Year: c.1900.
Price: £1895
Stock Number: 33428