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EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN THE GODFATHER OF THE MODERN MOVEMENT.
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Edward. William, Godwin born in Bristol in 1833 a close friend of William Burgess, Oscar Wilde and James Mc Neil Whistler a collaborator with Whistler, and he also designed furniture and Interior's for Wilde and Whistler. He lived out of wedlock with the most famous stage actress of the time Ellen Terry whom he had 2 children with something which was somewhat scandalous in those strict Victorian times.
Godwin a true pioneer of his day, a revolutionary of his time the Godfather of the modern movement and a significant leader in the influence on domestic design, one of the first people to incorporate economy and hygiene into his furniture, his thinning designs using as little wood as appropriate yet making the piece as strong as possible, so even a maid could move the furniture on her own to clean behind and under and designed furniture without dust attracting area's so important in an age where disease was rife. His disbandment of clumsy or over ornate detailing his lean toward line and form in a purely Japanese style yet he never visited Japan, it is thought that he was most probably the first man in England to decorate his entire house in the Japanese style and drew part of his inspiration from 2 volumes of Hokusai's Mangwa from which he gained his knowledge of Japanese wood construction and he carefully studied original pieces on display at museums. At the same time he couldn't have failed to have been aware of the massive influx of Japanese items that were pouring in from the boats docking in Bristol from the far East in the 1850's and 60's.
He was a master designer in many different styles but most famous for his Anglo-Japanese designs, a pure genius who truly understood the art of and function with restraint. He wrote 'If we were asked to select the style of furniture from the new designs before us, we require first that the furniture be well lifted from the floor and second that it be as light as is consistent with real strength. But this is not all. It is essential for true domestic comfort in these high pressure nervous times, that the common objects of everyday life should be quiet simple and unobtrusive in their beauty,' a statement that carries William Morris's ideals some 10 years later. He also wrote 'I look upon all my work as art work. A building to me is as a picture to a painter or a poem to a poet, as Max Beerbohm wrote, 'That Godwin was that superb Architect...the greatest Aesthete of them all'. A.F.Geering 2009

GODWIN EX 19
E. W. Godwin. Made by William Watt. A rare and important set of Anglo-Japanese walnut wall shelves with ebonized and gilt painted Japanese Carp to the upper panel, finely carved stylized floral details to the doors with a shaped shelf and a mirror below with semi circular fretwork device to the base.
1872
Dimensions: H 63', W 25.5', D 9'.
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GODWIN EX 20.
Arts and Crafts Walnut Side Table designed by E W Godwin
A pentagonal side table with five sided top, five legs and five radiating stretchers uniting a central turned post.
1875
Dimensions: H 27', W 21', D 21'.
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GODWIN EX 21.
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886). A rare set of Anglo-Japanese ebonised hanging book shelves with an extending lower shelf and a two-door hanging book cupboard beneath, brass hinges and escutcheon.
1870
Dimensions: H 50', W 35', D 8'.
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GODWIN EX 22
A Mahogany tea table attributed to E W Godwin.
Height 23 3/4", Width 25", Depth 25". Circa 1880's.
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GODWIN EX 23
A rare Anglo-Japanese two tier Rosewood sidetable designed by E W Godwin and made by William Watt.
The last image is from The Secular Furniture of E W Godwin by Susan Weber Soros.
Height 22 1/2". Length of the top 22", Width of the top 21 1/2".
Circa Late 1870's.
£SOLD.

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GODWIN EX 24
Edward William Godwin. An important Anglo-Japanese ebonised and inlaid sidetable, probably made by William Watt.
Height 33", Depth 24", Width 66".
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GODWIN EX 25.
E.W Godwin attributed, made by Collinson & Lock. A five draw rosewood writing desk with turned legs united by pierced stretchers.
Height 29" , Width 21" , Depth 21".
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GODWIN EX - 26.
E.W Godwin, attributed. An Anglo-Japanese ash side table with shaped top and conforming shaped apron, S shaped legs united by a lower shelf with a galleried undertier.
Height 29.25" , Width 19" , Depth 19".
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GODWIN EX - 27
1 The Eaton Hall Rosewood Cabinet
Design firmly attributed to E.W.Godwin
Made by Collinson and Lock of London
c1878
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GODWIN EX 28
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, a rare and important Anglo-Japanese walnut bookcase, circa 1871, with brass handles and shield style escutcheon, the lower cupboard with two sliding doors inset with painted panels attributed to Henry Stacey Marks.
Circa 1871.
Height 85 1/2" 217cm, Width 39" 99cm, Depth 19" 49.5.
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Godwin Ex 29
Edward William Godwin. An important Anglo-Japanese stained Mahogany settee designed for Dromore Castle, County Limerick, probably made by William Watt.
A similar example of the present lot is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Bristol Museums and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK.
Height 33", Depth 24", Width 66". Circa 1869.
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Godwin Ex 30
Collinson and Lock. A superb quality Rosewood chaise lounge in the Anglo-Japanese style, the design attributed to E W Godwin.
Provenance :- This was owned by Major Charles Herbert Villiers-Stuart probably passed down to him from his father Captain William Villiers.
Height 29", Width 25" Length 67".
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Godwin Ex 31
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, a rare Anglo-Japanese armchair, with a pad centred open curved back, downswept arms and a re-upholstered seat The design for this armchair was illustrated in William Watts Art Furniture Catalogue (1877, plate 3), priced at 3.10s.0d and a line drawing is illustrated in Soros, Susan Weber 'The Secular Furniture of E. W. Godwin', p. 113 pl. 138.
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GODWIN EX - 32
E.W. Godwin. (Attributed) An Anglo-Japanese armchair. Probably made by William Watt, the casters stamped 'Copes Patent'.
This armchair has the identical side stretchers as the front stretchers of his side chair made by W.Watt. (Illustration No 136.1-11.)
Circa 1875.
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GODWIN EX - 34
An eight leg Anglo-Japanese sideboard with brass sabots.
Designed by Edward William Godwin.
Made by Collinson and Lock.
Circa 1870's.
Height 72" 182cm, Width 74" 193cm, Depth 18" 47cm.
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GODWIN EX - 36
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, an Anglo-Moorish walnut desk, with a later tooled red leather inset top, blind fret frieze with two drawers, each end with a drawer, the tapered supports with shaped brackets, brass feet.
Circa 1875.
Height 30" 76cm, Width 43" 101cm, Depth 24" 63cm.
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GODWIN EX - 37
Anglo-Japanese Gong.
Designed by E.W. Godwin.
Possibly made by William Watt.
Circa 1870's.
Height 29", Width 23", Depth 9 1/2".
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Godwin EX 39
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), an Anglo-Japanese oak cheval mirror, 156cm high, 66cm wide. En suite with the last lot, this cheval has the identical sledge feet to the above gong with one Anglo-Japanese upper support.
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GODWIN EX - 50.
Edward William Godwin, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised side chair, circa 1875, probably by William Watt, with a lattice back, a later overstuffed leather seat, on square part-fluted supports. See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 113, illus. 137 for a comparable example. See also Sotheby’s with Paul Reeves ‘The Best of British Design from the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Selling Exhibition’, 14th-20th March 2008, PR33 for a comparable chair
height 74.5cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 51.
Edward William Godwin, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised side chair, circa 1875, probably by William Watt, with a lattice back, a later overstuffed leather seat, on square part-fluted supports. See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 113, illus. 137 for a comparable example. See also Sotheby’s with Paul Reeves ‘The Best of British Design from the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Selling Exhibition’, 14th-20th March 2008, PR33 for a comparable chair
height 74.5cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 52.
Edward William Godwin, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised side chair, circa 1875, probably by William Watt, with a lattice back, a later overstuffed leather seat, on square part-fluted supports. See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 113, illus. 137 for a comparable example. See also Sotheby’s with Paul Reeves ‘The Best of British Design from the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Selling Exhibition’, 14th-20th March 2008, PR33 for a comparable chair
height 74.5cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 53.
Edward William Godwin, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised side chair, circa 1875, probably by William Watt, with angular back details a variation on the theme, with a later overstuffed leather seat, on square part-fluted supports. See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 113, illus. 137 for a comparable example. See also Sotheby’s with Paul Reeves ‘The Best of British Design from the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Selling Exhibition’, 14th-20th March 2008, PR33 for a comparable chair
height 74.5cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 54.
Edward William Godwin, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised arm chair, circa 1875, probably by William Watt, with a lattice back, a later overstuffed leather seat, on rig turned front legs See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 113, illus. 137 for a comparable example. See also Sotheby’s with Paul Reeves ‘The Best of British Design from the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Selling Exhibition’, 14th-20th March 2008, PR33 for a comparable chair
height 72cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 55
Jacobean or Old English office swivel Armchair.
Design by E.W.Godwin.
Probably made by William Watt.
With it's original drop in rush seat, this type of office chair in the Jacobean or Old English style is very rare and would have probably been made to order.
Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 56
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, A rare pair of Old English or Jacobean ebonised curved back elbow chair, on tapered supports with X-stretchers.
These armchairs were manufactured by William Watt and to Godwin's preferred seating choice 'in cane' which both are in good original condition.
Height 86cm. Circa 1867.
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GODWIN EX - 57
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, A rare and important Old English or Jacobean ebonised curved back elbow chair, on tapered supports with X-stretchers.
This armchair was manufactured by William Watt, a unique example one I have never come across before, or seen anywhere, in regard to the cane seat which is unusual in as much as the cane wraps around the seat and still retains it's original inner hoop used to hold the cane where the back meets the seat and where the arms meet the seat and is no doubt a very early version and to Godwin's preferred seating choice 'in cane' and once re-caned will also have a much cleaner line to the whole design.
Height 86cm. Circa 1867.
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GODWIN EX - 58
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) for William Watt, an Anglo- Japanese beech and caned armchair. An identical armchair with an enamel William Watt label was purchased by Tony Geering and Martin Wolfson from the Auctioneers Warren and Wignall, Leyland approximately six years ago, now in a private collection.
Height 92cm. Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 59.
106 Edward William Godwin (attributed) for William A. and S. Smee, an Anglo- Japanese walnut spindle back armchair, with a re-upholstered yellow leather seat, metal label, Godwin designed for W.A. and S. Smee, 89 Finsbury Pavement, London and his designs were exhibited by them at the Furniture Trades Exhibition in 1883 See Azlin, Elizabeth ‘E.W. Godwin’, London: John Murray, p. 22 The front legs and stretcher are almost identical to the previous lot and the cloud shape detail to the top is comparable to both chairs in Soros, p.112 (with original metal label)
Height 87cm. Circa 1880.
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GODWIN EX - 60.
Edward William Godwin (attributed) for William A. and S. Smee, an Anglo- Japanese walnut spindle back armchair, with a re-rushed seat, Godwin designed for W.A. and S. Smee, 89 Finsbury Pavement, London and his designs were exhibited by them at the Furniture Trades Exhibition in 1883
Height 87cm. Circa 1880.
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GODWIN EX - 70
Edward William Godwin (attributed) probably for William Watt, an Anglo-Japanese ebonised armchair, with a re-upholstered leather seat and back, the casters stamped ‘Copes Patent’. The lattice work on this armchair is similar to a couch on p. 106, illus. 127 and to a sofa, p. 109, illus. 130 and a design for a settle p. 119, illus. 146 all in Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’
Circa 1875.
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GODWIN EX - 71
Edward William Godwin (1833- 1886) for William Watt, a set of four Anglo-Japanese ebonised rush seated chairs See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, p. 125, illus. 168
Circa 1877-80.
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GODWIN EX - 72
An Anglo-Japanese ebonised display cabinet.
Attributed to Edward William Godwin.
Made by William Watt.
Circa 1870's.
Height 56", Width 32", Depth 14 1/2".
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GODWIN EX - 73
(attributed), an Aesthetic Movement ebonised and needlework three-fold screen, possibly by Collinson and ‘Lock’, worked in colours with birds amidst foliage.
Circa 1870's.
Height 62" 164cm, Width of each part 33" 57.5cm, Width fully open 99", Thickness 1 1/4".
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GODWIN EX - 74
Edward William Godwin (attributed), a mahogany four-fold screen, bevel glazed, with woven silk and velvet panels, 136cm high, each fold 52cm wide This incorporates many design details of Godwin’s Anglo-Japanese works. The woven, silk and velvet panels as in the Godwin firescreen, lot 96 See also Christie’s sale ‘Important 20th Century Design’. 26th May 2005, lot 51 for another Godwin firescreen
Circa 1870's.
Height 53", Width of each part 20 1/2", Width fully open 82", Thickness 1" .
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GODWIN EX - 75
Anglo Japanese ebonised purdonium
Attributed to E.W.Godwin or possibly W.E.Nesfield.
Probably made by William Watt.
Circa 1870's.
Height 43" 110cm, Width 16" 40cm, Depth 15" 38cm.
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GODWIN EX - 76
Edward William Godwin (attributed), a rare and important Anglo-Japanese golden oak sidetable with mid level drawer a shelf under, probably made by William Watt. See Susan Weber Soros. The Secular Furniture of E.W.Godwin page 146.
£POA.
Circa 1870.
Height 30 1/2" 77cm, Width 18 1/4" 46cm, Depth 12" 33cm, Height of middle shelf 21", Height of lower shelf 3 1/2.

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GODWIN EX - 77
Edward William Godwin (attributed), a set of six simulated rosewood and caned dining chairs, 87cm high (two without the cane) See Soros, Susan Weber 'The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin', p. 102, illus. 122. Chairs similar to this were known to be in the possession of both Godwin himself and Ellen Terry.
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GODWIN EX 78.
Edward William Godwin (attributed), an Anglo-Japanese ebonised chaise longue, with later part gilt tooled leather upholstery, turned supports and spindles, with casters.
Height 27" 69cm, Length 66" 171cm, Depth 24 1/2". Circa 1870's.
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GODWIN EX - 79
Edward William Godwin (attributed), an oak hanging bookcase, with portrait medallion roundels in moulded vulcanite. This cabinet has some design features associated with Godwin’s work. The tops are quite similar to the bookcases he designed for Dromore Castle.
Circa 1870's.
£POA.
Height 37" 94cm, Width 20" 51cm, Depth 6" 15cm.

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GODWIN EX - 80
Edward William Godwin (attributed) for Collinson and Lock, a fine set of hanging oak wall shelves, 1870s, with turned supports, See Soros, Susan Weber ‘The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin’, This wall shelf has almost the identical turnings to a drawing room cabinet made by Collinson and Lock, p.209, illus. 333 and also the Florence cabinet, p. 185, illus. 306. It also has the identical lower arched section to a wall shelf in the Collinson and Lock catalogue of 1871 and the same turning on chairs also from that catalogue
Circa 1875.
Height 39" 102cm, Width of cornice 40" 100cm, Depth of cornice 10 1./2" 24cm.
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GODWIN EX SOLD
Anglo-Japanese firescreen
Designed by E.W.Godwin.
Possibly made by William Watt.
With a silk Japanese boating scene.
Circa 1870's.
£SOLD.
Height 32", Width 30", Depth 10 1/2".

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GODWIN EX SOLD
Anglo-Japanese Gong and striking stick.
Designed by E.W. Godwin.
Possibly made by William Watt.
Circa 1870's.
£SOLD.
Height 31", Width 26", Depth 11".

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GODWIN EX SOLD
A Rare Rosewood Anglo Japanese sidetable.
Designed by E.W. Godwin
Made by Collinson and Lock.
£SOLD.
Circa 1875.
Height 30", Length 43", Depth 24".

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GODWIN EX SOLD
Anglo-Japanese rosewood table with six splayed legs ending with brass shoes.
Designed by Edward William Godwin.
There is a similar table illustrated in the William Watt catalogue of 1877 with radiating stretchers and splayed legs.
Circa 1877-80.
£SOLD.
Height 28", Width 36", Depth 36".

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GODWIN EX SOLD.
A highly important Anglo-Japanese sidetable designed by E.W.Godwin. This side table is the most important side table he ever designed and is made exactly to Godwin's original design from his own sketchpads held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Godwin was without question the leading exponent of the Anglo-Japanese Movement.
Circa 1872.
Made by Collinson and Lock.
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GODWIN EX SOLD.
An important single occasional sidetable designed by E.W. Godwin in 1867 and made by William Watt. These tables were produced in the late 1860's and through the 1870's. Godwin originally designed this table for his own use when he moved from Bristol to London and in the forward to the William Watt catalogue he complains about how this design had been Plagiarized by other companies which we can all to often see on the market today, inferior copies lacking quality and presence.
See The secular furniture of E.W. Godwin by Susan Weber Soros page 143.
£SOLD.

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GODWIN EX SOLD.
An Anglo Japanese Rosewood table.
Design attributed to E.W.Godwin
Probably made by Collinson and Lock.
Circa 1870's.
£SOLD.

33 in.(84cm.) wide; 27¾ in.(70.5cm.) high; 19¾in.(50cm.) deep.

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GODWIN EX SOLD. -
A rare and early trestle table designed by E.W.Godwin designed for Northampton Town Hall one of his greatest Gothic Revival building designs. Made by Green and King.
Circa 1865.
£SOLD.

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GODWIN EX SOLD.
Eight leg Ebonised desk with a Macassar Ebony top.
Designed by E.W.Godwin.
Made by Collinson and Lock.
Circa 1875.
£SOLD.
Height 29 3/4", Width 41 1/4", Depth 21".

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GODWIN EX SOLD.
A pair of Anglo Japanese Armchairs.
Attributed to E.W.Godwin.
Probably made by William Watt.
Last image from Susan Soros. The Secular Furniture of E.W.Godwin page 128.
Circa 1870's.
£SOLD.
Height 43", Width 16", Depth 15".

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GODWIN EX SOLD
Anglo-Japanese Walnut Plant Stand by E. W. Godwin
1880
Walnut
Dimensions: H 42', W 9', D 9'.
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