Simpsons of Kendal Arts & Crafts Stool.


Delightful little English Arts and Crafts stool by the celebrated Cumbrian designer and craftsman Arthur Simpson of Kendal c.1915. Oak frame on short chamfered and tapering legs with original plaited leather seat of dished or concave shape reminiscent of the famous Liberty & Co. Thebes stool. With serial number and ‘Arthur W. Simpson Handicrafts Kendal’ maker’s label to the underside. Excellent condition.
Dimensions:width 16″, depth 12″, height 10″.

Arthur Simpson (1857 – 1922) having served as an apprentice at Gillows in Lancaster returned to his native Kedal to open his first workshop in 1881. Whilst undertaking several ecclesiatical commissions he also produced a range of smaller domestic furniture of traditional form and in 1889 had his first piece accepted into the Arts and Crafts Society Exhibition. Following this his work followed a more deliberate Arts & Crafts direction, perhaps under the influence of his close friend the great Arts & Crafts architect C.F.A. Voysey. Voysey designed a house in Kendal for Simpson who in turn exectuted several furniture commisssions for his friend. Simpson’s best work is celebrated for the purity of its forms and the quality of its materials and manufacture.

Benskins Brewery Sign.


Large distressed painted wooden sign for the defunct Hertfordshire brewers Benskins c.1930. Prominent ebonised architectural cornice and moulded softwood frame with gilded inner frame and lettering. Great character, evocatively worn and faded by age and weather.
Benskins, founded in 1693 and based in Watford rose to become Hertford’s largest brewer before beingtaken over by Ind Coope in 1957.
Dimensions: width 54″, depth 5½”, height 26″.



8 Drawer Kitchen Table.


Late 19th.c. oak kitchen or pantry table c.1880. Inch thick solid oak top with a moulded edge over eight very utensil drawers (four to each side) with original turned knobs. On chamfered square section oak legs raised on original steel casters. Good unrestored condition, solid and sturdy with some minor wear to the top.
Dimensions: width 85″, depth 31″, height 29″.




Portrait of a Gentleman.


Large late 19th.c  portrait of an impressively be-whiskered Victorian gentleman in stiff collar and evening wear c.1890. In oil on canvas, presented unframed and on the original stretcher. Some minor damage.
Dimensions: width 24″, height 28″.

Large Lamp with Cherubs.


Splendid large mid 20th.c. painted spelter table lamp c.1950. Lighted brass centre column surrounded by four shaped arms with faux candelabra over a classical fluted urn decorated with floral swags and a pair of puttee or cherubs. On a stepped pedestal base. Some minor wear to the paintwork otherwise excellent condition, cleaned rewired and sold with a PAT test certificate.
Dimensions: height to bulb 31, width 13″, depth 31″.


Height Adjustable Victorian Table.


Super quality little late 19th.c. table c.1880. Of unusual design having a circular solid walnut top with raised lip and moulded edge on a height adjustable brass column with decorative brass sleeve and heavy cast iron base. Raises from 28” to 40”, the cast iron base means it remains stable even when fully extended. Excellent condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.
Dimensions: diamater 14½”, height 28” – 40”.

Large Regency Wardrobe Press.


Fresh on the floor this afternoon this very large and imposing early 19th.c. mahogany wardrobe and press c.1830. Standing 94” wide at the cornice, of breakfront design with hanging space either side of a central section featuring five sliding shelves (easily removed to allow extra hanging) above a two over two chest of drawers. Fabulous Cuban mahogany veneers of gorgeous colour with particularly good matching flame door panels with a crossbanded surround. Brass moulding strip between the centre doors, ebony stringing and inlay, ash drawer linings and original turned drawer knobs and feet. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 94”, depth 22”, height 90”.

Pair Steel Wall Sconces.


Fine pair of 20th.c. gothic style wrought steel wall sconces c.1960. Attractive crenelated shape with applied rope twist and rose detail and good quality production. Sold unwired.
Dimensions: width 5″, depth 7½”, height to bulb 12″.

Edwardian Satinwood Bureau.


Exceptional quality inlaid Edwardian satinwood cylinder top bureau c.1905. Open the cylinder to reveal a fitted interior of pigeon holes and small stationery drawers with a leather-top writing surface which slides forward to allow you to sit comfortably at the desk. Over two drawers and raised on slim tapering legs joined with a stretcher shelf. The top featuring two small cupboards and shelves with original brass gallery and mirrored back. Sparking satinwood veneers beautifully inlaid with floral swags, urns and musical motifs plus stringing and crossbanding in a variety of timbers. Mahogany drawer linings. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and polished in our workshops. Keys supplied.

Dimensions: width 34”, depth 19”, height 53½”.

Victorian Carved Settle.


Good looking mid oak hall settle c.1860. Unusual design with a five panel backrest featuring mahogany crossbanding and inlaid rosewood lozenges. Splendid shaped arms with superbly carved acanthus leaf detail and bobbin turned spindles. With a pine seat raised on oak legs, the front being turned and terminating in a pad foot. Excellent colour and condition, cleaned and waxed in our workshops.

Dimensions: width 73”, depth 21”, height 41”.