Designer / Maker
After a design by Ernest Gimson (1864–1919)
Manufactured in the workshop of Peter Waals (1870–1937)
78.75 × 137.2 × 137.2 cm
English (Chalford), 1939
‘PETER WAALS. CHALFORD. AUGUST 1939. / MADE FOR / LEO VAN DER WAALS.’ (carved under the edge on one side)
Leo van der Waals, the maker’s son; Sir George Trevelyan (1906–96); and by descent
Ernest Gimson His Life & Work, 1924, pl. 32 (for the same model, made during Gimson’s lifetime)
According to the Trevelyan family, this table was the last piece of furniture made in the workshop of Peter Waals, who died in May 1937.
Gimson’s original design for this model, inscribed ‘Dining or Hall Table in English Oak’, signed and dated ‘Ernest W. Gimson / Daneway House Nr Cirencester / Aug – 1909’, is in the collec- tion of The Wilson, Cheltenham (1941.222:401).
An earlier, wider octagonal walnut and ebony beaded table, made for the designer’s brother Mentor Gimson (1851–1925) and measuring 75 × 153 cm, was sold by Mellors & Kirk, 6 March 2013, lot 9 (private collection).
A simpler version of this table, without the shaped details at the tops and bottoms of the legs, belonged to Gimson at Pinbury Park; see H. Blairman & Sons Ltd, Furniture and Works of Art (2006), under no. 16. Other undocumented variants are known, including one labelled for Heal & Sons.