Designer / Maker
Designed by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919)
The maufacture attributed to Edward Gardiner (d. 1958)
Yew, with (restored) rush seat
88 x 177 x 52 cm
English (Sapperton), first quarter of twentieth century
Fine Art Society; private collection; David Pickup
J.C. Rogers, Modern English Furniture, 1930, p. 193 (for an ash version, ascribed to Peter Waals)
Gimson was, according to Edward Barnsley, first encouraged to design seat furniture with bobbin turnings by the architect Robert Weir Schultz. Related chairs and a settee are illustrated in Ernest Gimson: his Life & Work, 1924, pl. 38. There is a yew bobbin-turned armchair that once belonged to Gimson in the collection of the Wilson, Cheltenham; see Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted, Good Citizens Furniture, 1999, no. 22.
There is a design for a settee, virtually identical to the present example, in the collection at Marchmont House, Berwickshire; the drawing was part of a group that belonged to the chairmaker Lawrence Neale, whose father Neville joined Edward Gardiner in 1939.