Rare early Edward Barnsley linen press
Superbly constructed and extremely rare oak Cotswold School linen press designed by Edward Barnsley and made in his workshops in 1935.
Panelled front and sides with typical Cotswold style chamfered disc handles to cupboard doors and large arched Cotswold handles to base drawers, the whole on stepped Ernest Gimson/Peter Waals style base.
This was a specially commisioned piece for the Morgan-Grenville family, good clients of Edward Barnsley (see handwritten label by Edward Barnsley himself) and has excellent provenance, having been in the same family till now.
Comes apart easily in three pieces; base plus two top vertical sections, so can be transported/delivered easily. Top section is hanging above the pull out linen drawers (three long and two short) and then two deep drawers to base with typical Barnsley large arched Cotswold handles.
Designed by Edward Barnsley originally in 1933 and made by Tom Barnet in 536 hours, costing £53 then. The original signed drawings are held at the Barnsley Trust archives in Hampshire (a copy is available to purchaser of this prized piece).
Approx 215 cms high, 126 cms wide and 69 cms deep.