ARTS & CRAFTS LADDER BACK CHAIRS DESIGNED BY ERNEST GIMSON

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ARTS & CRAFTS LADDER BACK CHAIRS DESIGNED BY ERNEST GIMSON

875.00

Arts & Crafts mixed set of 4 “Gimson” ladder back chairs, 3 ash and 1 oak

Designed by Ernest Gimson and made by Edward Gardiner

Circa 1910

Gimson developed the chair-making side of his business from 1903 working very closely alongside his craftsmen. He discovered Edward Gardiner, the local son of a sawmill owner and offered him a full time position as a chair maker at Daneway. He also had to master the art of rush seating and bead turning, which he did through a process of trial and error.

The venture proved so successful that Gardiner had to take on several assistants and apprentices and he remained at Daneway until 1913. After the Great War in 1920 Sidney Barnsley asked him to make 60 chairs for the Bedales Memorial Library and it was then that he returned to his craft, continuing to make chairs until his death in 1958.

His work was continued by Neville Neal, who joined him as a pupil in 1939 following his move to Warwickshire. In turn his son Lawrence Neal continues to make hand crafted chairs today to many of the designs by Ernest Gimson.

http://www.lawrencenealchairs.co.uk

For further reading:

Gimson and the Barnsleys by Mary Comino

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