Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Fred Foster (died 1968)
Table one: 49 x 60 cm (diameter)
Table two: 49 x 55.5 cm (diameter)
English (Chipping Campden), 1944 (first table) and presumably circa 1944 (second table)
‘Designed & Made by Fred. F. Foster. / Camp. nr. Stroud. Glos. England. 1944’ (inscribed in ink under one of the cross stretchers beneath top, see right)
Fred Foster was a sometime, but brief, assistant to Sydney Barnsley. He later worked with Peter Waals and was a founder member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, of which he was a member 1933-68. Details of Fred Foster’s involvement with the Guild are to be found at the National Archives, Kew (under the general reference: D8709): ‘Papers of Fred Francis Foster, furniture maker and Guild member, 1901-c.1965’.
Other craftsmen notable in their own right and in terms of the Gloucester Guild’s early history, include Alfred Bucknell the ironworker, Harry Davoll, Fred Gardiner, Owen Scrubbey and Ernest Smith, all furniture makers. Of these, Fred Foster (d. 1968) is particularly well represented in the archive. There is a subject file devoted to his life and work (D8709/2/3) and four files of Foster’s personal papers which include a few of his original design drawings (D8709/8/1-4).