Settee

Ref: 1606
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919)

    The maufacture attributed to Edward Gardiner (d. 1958)

  • Detail

    Yew, with (restored) rush seat

    88 x 177 x 52 cm

    English (Sapperton), first quarter of twentieth century

  • Provenance

    Fine Art Society; private collection; David Pickup

  • Literature

    J.C. Rogers, Modern English Furniture, 1930, p. 193 (for an ash version, ascribed to Peter Waals)

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    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.