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    Sale 5971

    An English Look - Robert Kime, Piers von Westenholz, David Bedale and James Graham-Stewart

    8 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 573

    A MAHOGANY, EBONY AND CEDAR SIDE TABLE

    BY GORDON RUSSELL, THE CRAFTSMAN P.J. WADE, 3 DECEMBER 1926

    Price Realised  

    A MAHOGANY, EBONY AND CEDAR SIDE TABLE
    BY GORDON RUSSELL, THE CRAFTSMAN P.J. WADE, 3 DECEMBER 1926
    With five drawers, on facetted legs joined by stretchers, with printed and handwritten label 'The Russell Workshops, Broadway, Worcs, ... Design NO. 490... Designer: Gordon Russell, Foreman: Edgar Turner, Cabinet maker: P.J. WADE... Date: 3/12/26'
    31 in. (79 cm.) high; 50½ in. (128 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53 cm.) deep


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    Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell (d. 1980) was an English designer, craftsman and educationist. He came under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement from 1904 after his father had moved to Broadway in the Cotswolds to be hotelier at the Lygon Arms.
    Following service in World War I he became a furniture maker and designer. During World War II he developed utility furniture as chairman of the government's Utility Furniture Design Panel. In 1947 Gordon Russell became director of the Council of Industrial Design, later renamed the Design Council. He became the first chairman of the Crafts Council and was awarded a knighthood in 1955 for services to design.

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