Armchair designed by Smith and Brewer, England

Armchair designed by Smith and Brewer, England

Armchair
A. Dunbar Smith and Cecil Brewer
Probably made by Heals
England
c. 1860
Ash wood and rush seat
Museum no. CIRC. 511-1962

Ladderback ash chair with turned stiles and front legs and a woven rush seat. Probaby designed by the architectural partnership of Smith and Brewer, and made in London in about 1897, this armchair is in a long-established rural style and uses indigenous ash and rush. The Arts and Crafts movement respected tradition, as well as regional variation, and favoured work that used local materials. In an attempt to be closer to these traditions, some leading members of the movement moved their workshops to the countryside.