A Pair of Cotswold School Oak Armchairs by Gordon Russell
These Arts & Crafts Cotswold School armchairs were made by Gordon Russell Ltd for the Bolton School in the 1920s. Superbly crafted out of oak, they make extensive use of chamfering, faceting and shaping to bring to life a design of deceptive complexity. The octagonal legs, the intricate backs and the protruding pegs are particularly fine features. They have drop-in seats, one of which has a metal Russell Workshops label.
The design is no.281, dating to 1925, and the original drawing can be seen on page 52 of 'Drawn to Design' by Ray Leigh and Trevor Chinn, a selective compilation of Gordon Russell furniture from the 1920s, and also in the archive at the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway. The archive also holds a photograph showing one of these chairs in situ in the library at Bolton School. An example of the matching side chair is on display in the museum.
They measure 61.5cm wide and 101cm high.
The chairs are in good, solid condition and have aged attractively. There are minor knocks, including a split to the top of one front leg, and a major repair where one arm has been replaced. This has been skillfully executed (see seventh image) and polished to match the rest of the chair. The seats are in need of rewebbing, and we can arrange for them to be reupholstered in their current leatherette (not original) or in a material of your choice.
They are available to view by appointment in Nottingham or delivery can be arranged. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org