MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS DECORATIVE ARTS
Over 30 years specializing in the Arts & Crafts field
English Arts & Crafts Furniture
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Listed below is a selection from our current inventory of 
Antique English Arts & Crafts furniture and other items.  Please don't hesitate to if you have any questions or are looking for something specific that you don't see here

Thonet (Austria)
Side table or child's table with bentwood legs, c.1910
23"h x 24"dia
$975

OK, technically this is not English Arts & Crafts, but it does work well with the other pieces below, and it was made in the same period.  It has been recoated at some point, but with shellac, so I was able to tone down the shininess to the point where it looks almost original.  Thonet pieces were made with a high-polish finish in the period, but I like my antiques to have that nice patina of well-cared-for use.  This little table is unsigned, but pictured clearly in that Dover book on Thonet furniture.  It is listed there as a child's table, but it makes a wonderful, generously-sized and useful side table.  The lamp on it is from our fantastic collection of solid brass lighting in the style of WAS Benson.  Click here to see the rest of the line.

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Eastlake-style leather armchair, c.1890
oak with original leather
38"h x 28"w x 35"d
$1900

This is a compelling, stylish and masculine chair, designed for reading and sherry drinking in a comfortable library or den.  The curved back is pitched at the perfect angle for repose and nap-taking.  All completely original, it is a perfect chair to use with traditional furniture or other late-19th century and early 20th century pieces.  I wish someone made a reproduction of this chair so I could have a pair for myself!

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English Cotswold wingchair, c.1910
oak with original silk damask upholstery
42"h x 26"w x 26"d
$1200

I just got this piece a day or so ago from another dealer who imports big containers of English and continental antiques.  It is a great piece of furniture with a lot of style and presence.  It is what I sometimes refer to as a "specimen chair" and I love to mix this type of piece in with more traditional, expected Arts & Crafts furniture.  The juxtaposition is exciting and interesting, and the room always remains fresh and not overly-staid as a result.  Unfortunately, the upholstery is just starting to go, and you will most likely have to redo it, but it is so wonderful to see, and speaks to the incredible original condition of the chair.

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English Cotswolds Dresser or Entry Cabinet, 1937
oak 
48"h x 33 1/2w" x 18 1/2"d
$1600

This is a great piece of furniture.  Beautifully made, sensitively detailed and in perfect original condition, it can function as a dresser in a bedroom, a cabinet in an entry, or a display and storage piece in a living room or library.  It is signed, as many Cotswold pieces are, but I am not familiar with this particular craftsman's mark.  It is also dated.  This is a very special piece, and is darker in reality than it seems in the photo.

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English Cotswold Style Lamp Table c.1910
oak 
20 1/2" x 24"h
$500

Another beautiful, well-made, well-designed piece from the Cotswolds, an area that no less than William Morris felt was the epitome of English rural life.  Excellent original condition and finish, but strangely unmarked.  A great size and height for putting next to a variety of chairs, settles or loveseats.

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English Gothic Revival Barley Twist Side Table, c.1890
oak 
28"h x 25 1/2"w x 26"d 
$395

This is a quirky but charming piece of furniture, useful in a variety of settings and rooms.  For a small entry, it is a perfect place to drop keys, gloves and so on.  Put a small lamp on it and a mirror above, and that's all you need - instant gracious welcome.  It is in perfect original condition, with a beautiful rich patina to the wood, especially the base.  The little Gothic-style dentils underneath the top are reminiscent of the graphic work of Christopher Dresser.

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Ambrose Heal and Son, manuf.
Pair of inlaid chairs in the style of HM Baillie Scott, c.1905
Oak with pewter and fruitwood inlays
42"h x 18"w x 16"d
$3800 / pr.
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This is a very stylish pair of side chairs, and would be perfect on either side of the sideboard at the top.  They are part of a line of furniture featuring inlays that was made by Heal and Son, a well-known and respected retailer, designer and manufacturer of Arts & Crafts furniture in England.  This particular line was called "Fine Feathers", a term based on a popular English aphorism: "Fine feathers make fine birds."  The inlay features a peacock with little hearts adorning the ends of his tail feathers.  Both the peacock and the heart were widely-used images in the English movement.  The chairs are in excellent original condition, and are sound and sturdy.  The green velvet upholstery is new, but redone in the original manner for these chairs.  They are unmarked, but I have documentation on the line that shows a similarly-inlaid piece.  Click here for a detail of the inlay.

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Anonymous fireshield, c.1905
Oak with embroidery on linen
34"h x 25"w
$750
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This is a beautiful, well-made fireshield with an embroidered peacock on a flowering branch.  For the English Arts & Crafts movement, the peacock was a popular motif, and I believe may have been a hold-over from the aesthetic movement's use of peacock feathers as decorative ornaments.  In any event, it offered artists and craftsmen the opportunity to embellish otherwise plain surfaces, as here.  This was not used as a firescreen when the fire was lit, but rather to hide the ashes and soot of the firebox when it was not in use or in the summer, while still providing something attractive to look at.  It is in perfect original condition.

Anonymous Candlestick lamp, c.1905
Oak with new fabric shade
20"h
$325


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I love these little buffet or candlestick lamps.  They are so useful in a variety of settings, from a little entryhall table, a desk or dresser, to a small side table or bookcase.  Anywhere a little spot of light and warmth is desired, this kind of lamp fills the bill.  The nicest ones, like this one, have a little something extra going on with the base - here it is a nicely-done barley twist design.  The candle sleeve is original, but the wiring and socket has been updated so it is safe to use.  Excellent original finish.

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One of a pair of inlaid chairs for Liberty & Co, c.1900
oak with mother-of-pearl inlay
36 1/2" x 16" x 15"d
$1800 / pr.

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Liberty & Co umbrella stand, c.1900
Ebonized oak with metal drip tray
28"h x 29"w x 12"d
$1400
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These have gotten hard to find lately, as more people on both sides of the pond begin to appreciate the English Arts & Crafts movement more and more.  Ornamented with cut out hearts on either end, pieces like this are sometimes erroneously attributed to CFA Voysey. While he did use the heart as a motif fairly often in his work, it was by no means unique to him.  This is a nice example of a useful but beautiful object - and isn't that the whole point of Arts & Crafts?  This would make a nice addition to a small entry.  The picture makes the piece look dustier than it is in person.

 English Arts & Crafts
Upholstered armchair, c.1905
mahogany legs with original casters
40"h x 33"d x 29 1/2"w  
$1800
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This is the type of chair I like to sprinkle into an interior to bring some softness and visual contrast to other oak pieces.  Sometimes called a club chair, after the comfy upholstered pieces found in men's clubs of the period, and usually filled with quietly dozing men, these are great for living rooms, family rooms, libraries and bedrooms.  The upholstery on this chair is probably not original, but in any case it is waiting for you to pick one of the reproduction Arts & Crafts fabrics to cover it with.

 Anonymous
Chinese Style Pedestal Table
mahogany   32"h x 12"w x 12"d
$495
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English Arts & Crafts
Set of 2 tub chairs, c.1905

oak   30 3/4"h x 21"w x 19"d
$800/set
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Ambrose Heal & Sons
Sideboard, c.1915

oak   60"h x 48"w x 21"d
$4500
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