A very good Cotswold School oak kneehole desk of compact proportions; attributed to a possible early Hugh Birkett (1919-2002) design. Circa 1930`s/40`s. Central long drawer flanked by four short drawers either side. Unusual scalloped solid D-shape handles and further scalloped carving to base; a feature Birkett used in other pieces. Typical exposed dovetailing detail to desk top.
Approx 42" wide, 30"high and 21" depth to front of handles.
Hugh Birkett was a furniture maker and master craftsman who was influenced by the work of both Ernest Gimson, Romney Green and Edward Barnsley. He set up his own workshop in 1949 in Solihull and then later moved to Moreton-in-Marsh in 1966, where he continued to make furniture in the the tradition of the Cotswolds Arts & Crafts. He was also a master bookbinder.
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