Cotswold School Russell open bookcase
Superb quality golden oak Cotswold School large open bookcase (or can be used as display unit) very much in the manner of early Gordon Russell of Broadway pieces; possibly by one of his apprentices.
Excellent provenance (see label; made for Mrs HW Keil of Broadway).
HW Keil were extremely well known and internationally regarded local (Broadway, Worcs) and later London, antique dealers of early oak and even included royalty amongst their client base. Howard Keil did apparently at some point work for Gordon Russell and left the firm in the 1920`s. It is known at least that he also produced metalwork with one of Gordon Russell`s former metal workers utilising elements of design by Ernest Gimson and Gordon Russell.
Not much is currently known about the maker, LJ Perkins (possibly an ex-apprentice/worker at Gordon Russell)
but clearly a gifted craftsman. Although the hand written label curiosly gives a date of c1960`s, the lovely colour/patination clearly indicates a much earlier piece, c1920/30's.
Approx 58" wide, 48" high, 17" depth at base.