An Oak Dressing Table by Gordon Russell (c. 1930 England)

An Oak Dressing Table by Gordon Russell

GORDON RUSSELL (1892-1980)




136.00cm wide   132.00cm high   44.00cm deep (53.54 inches wide  51.97 inches high  17.32 inches deep)


Good original condition

Description / Expertise

A Gordon Russell Oak Dressing Table of twin pillar construction with a central platform and hinged mirror. Supported on chamfered legs.
The drawers with moulded vertical handles.
Circa 1930

Born in 1892, Gordon Russell moved to Broadway when the family bought the Lygon Arms, which over the next 80 years became world famous.
He attended, along with his brother Don, Chipping Camden Grammar School, leaving aged 16, His father put him in charge of the small workshop repairing antique furniture purchased for the inn. This led to an early interest in the design of the furniture, and prompted him to design some simple pieces for the inn.

At the start of world war 1 Gordon Russell immediately enlisted in the Worcestershire regiment surviving the horrors of trench welfare and witnessing the surrounding devastation, he returned determined to make a contribution of value to future generations.

The workshop S B Russell and sons was setup in the early 20's. At the start of the firm the furniture was essentially hand made, very much in the style of the arts and crafts and influenced by pioneers including Ernest Gimson and Barnsley.

The late 20's and 30's saw a move towards the use of machinery in order to reach a wide market for affordable furniture.

During the period Gordon Russell and the firm achieved widespread recognition for modern furniture of the highest quality.

In 1940 Gordon Russell was appointed Royal Designer for industry.

The outbreak of world war2 saw him taking a national role. Gordon was appointed chairman of the utility furniture design panel..a role in which he relished.

In the immediate post war years he played a leading part in the major exhibitions of the time, including the'' Britain can make it'' exhibition and the festival of Britain in 1951.

He was appointed director of the council of industry in 1947. Which led him to become director of the design centre in London, which achieved international success in promoting British design snd manufacturing both nationally and world wide.

In 1955 he was Knighted for his services to design and industry.

Retiring in 1959 he returned to his beloved home in the Cotswolds where he continued to build his home and garden, where his skills as a stone waller and stone carver are evident to this day.


gbp 2950.00 (Pound Sterling)