Chairs

Gimson was famous for his ladder-back rush seated chairs. Here you can view a wide selection of the different styles and types.

The chairs you can see here were made by a variety of craftsmen all using the same basic ladderback design. Gimson spent a few weeks with the famous country chair-maker Philip Clissett, you can read more about this here.

You can also watch a film that goes through the chair making process step-by-step here.

Five rung ladderback arm chair with a double box stretcher. Made by Philip Clissett.

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Oak high chair with removable rush seat by Ernest Gimson.

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This is now known as the ‘Gardiner’ design but was actually designed by Gimson in 1906.

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Made to a design known as the ‘Clissett Chair’.

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Made to a design used by Philip Clissett and known as the ‘Clissett Chair’. Probably made by Edward Gardiner.

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Made to a design used by Philip Clissett and known as the ‘Clissett Chair’. Probably made by Edward Gardiner.

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Ash armchair with rush seat made to Gimson's ‘Bedales’ 1906 design, by Neville Neal.

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Made to a design used by Philip Clissett and known as the ‘Clissett Chair’. Probably made by Edward Gardiner

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A rush seat ash armchair known as the ‘Clissett Highback’.

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A rush seat ash armchair known as the ‘Clissett Highback’.

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Rush seat ash armchair, called The ‘Pass Chair’, designed by Gimson in about 1906. Probably made by Edward Gardiner.

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Rush seat ash chair called the ‘Gimson Chair’, designed by Gimson in the early 1890s. Made by Edward Gardiner.

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Rush seat ash arm chair called the ‘Gimson Chair’, designed by Gimson in the early 1890s. Made by Edward Gardiner.

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Rush seat ash arm chair called the ‘Gimson Chair’, designed by Gimson in the early 1890s. Made by Edward Gardiner.

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Ash armchair with rush seat made to Gimson's ‘Bedales’ 1906 design, by Neville Neal.

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Rush seat ash armchair made to a design known as the ‘Clissett Chair’.

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Designed by Peter Waals and made in his Chalford workshop.

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Designed by Ernest Gimson.

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