Oak Settee by Gimson
Designed by Ernest Gimson and made in his Daneway workshop.
Art work details
- Year of production :
- Other Pieces
- Dimensions :
- H. 88.5cm; W. 167.5cm; D. 60cm (seat H. 42cm)
- Credit Line :
- Purchased at the sale of Emily Gimson’s effects in 1941.
3 seater sette in oak with a shaped and chamfered back and a rush seat. The seat has a cushion covered with woven wool fabric in the ‘Daisy’ pattern designed by William Morris in about 1875.
This piece is very similar to a sedilia or sanctuary seat designed by Gimson in 1906 for Edward Prior's Arts and Crafts church at Roker, Sunderland. Gimson received numerous commissions for church furniture and fittings from about 1904. There was a separate workshop at Daneway devoted to this type of work. However pieces were often adaptable for domestic use as in this case. The settee may have been made as a prototype – it remained in Gimson’s possession and was still in use at his cottage at Sapperton when his widow died in 1941.