London, South Kensington
8 July 2009
A COTSWOLD SCHOOL OAK REFECTORY TABLE
CIRCA 1910, ATTRIBUTED TO ERNEST GIMSON (1864-1919) OR SIDNEY BARNSLEY (1865-1926)
The rectangular top on square legs joined by an arched wishbone central stretcher
29¾ in. (75.5 cm.) high; 95½ in. (243 cm.) wide; 35 in. (89 cm.) deep
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Ernest Gimson His Life & Work, Oxford, 1924, plate 30 (similar design illustrated).
Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley ensured that their furniture designs were executed to exacting standards. The design of the 'wishbone' stretcher was derived from a traditional vernacular tradition, and was employed by both craftsmen.
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