Peter Waals (1870-1937) from a design by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919)
Sideboard, first designed 1915
walnut, with four short drawers and two cupboard sections with brass handles, the edges inlaid with ebony and holly stringing, 92cm high, 170cm wide, 55cm deep.
Provenance: Arthur Mitchell; thence by descent.
Information: This is a typical example of Gimson's work, combining careful proportions with a very clean outline. Its octagonal fielded panels in particular show off the skill of Gimson's cabinetmakers and the quality of the timber. A sketch for the sideboard showing the basic outline and one of the half-moon handles is at The Wilson, Cheltenham is dated April 1915. The client was the artist Charles Maresco Pearce who ordered a number of pieces of Gimson furniture on his marriage to Anna, the daughter of the Arts and Crafts architect Halsey Ricardo. The brass half-moon and drop handles are also Gimson's design and made in his smithy; the former are comparatively unusual.