Devoting today’s blog to this superb suite of bedroom furniture by Arthur Simpson of Kendal c.1900.
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.
Comprising large wardrobe, a dressing table with adjustable mirror, travertine marble top wash stand and single bedside cabinet. 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. Each piece in the suite retains the superb original handmade brass handles by Richard Rathbone of Liverpool (each one stamped on the rear) who provided the metalwork for Simpson’s furniture as well as working with other such great names of the Arts & Crafts movement such as Macmurdo and Voysey. All four pieces are in excellent original condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.