Oak Sideboard by S Barnsley

Designed by Sidney Barnsley and made by Edward Barnsley at his workshop in Froxfield, Hampshire.

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Art work details

Year of production :
Cabinets and Sideboards
Dimensions :
H. 195.5cm; W. 184.5cm; D. 59.7cm
Credit Line :
Presented by the Pick family in memory of Sidney Pick in 1974

Oak sideboard with chip carved decoration.

The separate plate rack has a solid back unlike the lattice backs which Gimson and the Barnsleys favoured at the start of their careers.

This piece was made by Edward Barnsley at Froxfield, near Petersfield, Hampshire. Part of Sidney Barnsley’s philosophy was that he should make all his own designs. However by his late fifties he was finding intensive woodworking a real physical effort. He may have also wanted to support his son, Edward, who had taken over the workshop of Geoffrey Lupton in 1923, by passing on designs. This dresser was one of a number of commissions for C Victor Smith made in Edward Barnsley’s workshop.

The dresser was made by Edward Barnsley himself and cost £51. Writing to Annette Carruthers in 1977, Barnsley recalled that wages in 1924 averaged one shilling an hour. He added that:

‘It is worth recording that in 1924 I had not arrived at a realization that I made no entry for overhead costs and, though this did not greatly matter when I myself was the maker, it was a serious loss when paying assistants!’

Smith, a stockbroker, lived in the White House, Leicester. In 1931 the dresser was acquired by the the hosiery manufacturer Sidney Pick.

Shown in these images on display at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House on Lake Windermere.