Puritan Values Ltd, The Dome, Arts and Antiques
Chairs Page 3. Rockers, Ladderbacks and The Cotswolds.

CH 50
Four Cotswold School Arts and Crafts ladder back armchairs, three by Edward Gardiner and one by Philip Clissett These ladder back chairs are steeped in history, their design have evolved from a long line of English chair makers going back to the late 17thC and 18thC. Edward Gardiner was encouraged to take up chair making by Ernest Gimson who in turn was encouraged by Philip Clissett. Clissett had been making traditional ladder back chairs from as early as 1838, those skills passed down to him becoming a famous master craftsman of his own generation because of his fortuitous connection with the Arts and Crafts Movement and it's call to honest handmade goods. He was discovered by Ernest Gimson who spent a few weeks with Clissett in C1890 to learn the art of chair making which Gimson in turn passed onto Edward Gardiner and encouraged him in around 1904. Gardiner then developed his own art and style of chair making in the traditional way. Always handmade usually from Ash making them quite tactile, extremely strong and durable, yet very lightweight and therefore easy to move around. This traditional way English ladder backs were made is where the original Shaker furniture making tradition came from. Ann Lee and her husband Abraham Stanley, the very first 'Shaker Quakers' to emigrate from the UK to Colonial America in 1774 bought the essence of what Clissett and his forefathers stood for. Clissett was once described by Alfred Powell as resembling, ‘what the old aristocratic poor used to be’....
Circa 1890.
£POA.
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CH 51.
A pair of Arts and Crafts oak side chairs with inlaid Pewter hearts to the top.
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Ch 52
Edward Gardiner. A set of five Arts & Crafts Cotswold School ladder back dining chairs, with newly laid rush seats. I also have four closely matching armchairs in stock which can be seen in my listings. In the last image here I have shown, 'as an example' the most suitable armchair which would go to make a set of six, with three more armchairs available if required.
Circa 1905.
£POA.
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CH 53
An early oak ladder back armchair probably made by Edward Gardiner.
Circa 1900.
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CH 54
Morris and Co. A pair of Arts and Crafts oak armchairs. A re-fined interpretation of the traditional English ladder back, with original rush seats. Circa 1885. These were not mass produced like the famous Sussex range and are very hard to find. See Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors by Jeremy Cooper Page 168 illustration 430 for an identical version.
Circa 1900.
£850 each.
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CH 55
A good American Arts and Crafts oak rocking chair, with a stylish curved and slatted back and a burgundy leather cushion.
Circa 1900.
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CH 57
A set of four good quality Arts and Crafts oak arched ladderback dining chairs in the style of the Barnsley workshops.
£POA
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CH 58
A good quality Cotswold School oak rocking chair by LIberty and Co and made by William Birch with turned finials graduating ladders and turned front legs with new re-rush seat.
Circa 1910.
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CH 62
A pair of Armchairs made by Gardiner.
Circa 1905.
£SOLD.
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CH 63
Set of six dining chairs made by Edward Gardiner
Circa 1905.
£SOLD.
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CH 65
A pair of Arts and Crafts rush seated chairs designed by Ambrose Heals. These chairs are part of one of the first bedroom suits he designed for Heals and Son. These chairs have Voyseys influence of Hearts and simplicity.
Circa 1898.
£SOLD.
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CH 67
A Liberty and Co Anglo-Japanese ladderback chair in the style of E.W.Godwin.
Circa 1890.
£POA.
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Ch 68
Four Arts and Crafts oak tri-pod chairs, interesting design in the manner of Arthur Simpson of Kendal with handles to the back and shaped seat all with exposed joints.
Circa 1900.
£350 each.
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CH 69
An Arts and Crafts Cotswold School armchair with lower shelf and pierced floral detail and exposed tennons.
Circa 1900.
£SOLD.
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CH 70
An Oak Arts and Crafts hall chair with lift up seat and storage below, inlaid with Walnut, stained Sycamore and Tulip wood probably a University crest.
Circa 1900.
£550.
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CH 100 SOLD
An Arts and Crafts rocking chair originally designed by Ernest Gimson and probably made by Neville Neal. These were originally made by Edward Gardiner and Philip Clissett.
Ernest Gimson revived this ancient village craft, making ash and oak chairs with rush seats to the true traditions of The Arts and Crafts Movement. Philip Clissett was a very skilled chair maker working at Bosbury in Herefordshire since 1838 and Gimson took lessons from him in 1890. Gimson's workshops were at Daneway in Gloucestershire and he inspired and taught Edward Gardiner this old art of chair making. Edward Gardiner later moved to Warwickshire where he worked until he died in 1958.
£SOLD.
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CH 101 SOLD
An Arts and Crafts oak rocking chair with curved head rail, elongated back and turned front legs the rockers terminating in scrolled ends.
Circa 1900.
£SOLD.
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CH 102 SOLD
An American Arts and Crafts oak rocking chair attributed to L and J Stickley, superbly crafted and in wonderful original condition. This has now been professionally re upholstered in a quality light tan colour hide.
Circa 1910.
£SOLD.
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CH 103 SOLD
A rare pair of rush seat ladder back armchairs designed by Sir Edward Lutyens.
£SOLD.
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